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Public Safety arrests two teens after knifepoint robbery of taxi driver Vol. 50 No. 37

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fast moving Public Safety officers working the overnight shift on Tuesday morning captured and detained two teenagers near the Greenway after they allegedly robbed a taxi cab driver at knife point and then fled into the community. The victim of the potentially deadly crime, a 42-year-old cab driver, reported to Public Safety that two female teenagers, as he was dropping them off and waiting to collect his fare, held a knife to his neck and demanded money and personal belongings and then, after he complied, they fled into an area in the vicinity of the Debs Place townhouses. According to the Public Safety report on the crime, Public Safety officers immediately began searching the area upon getting the report of the crime which occurred shortly after 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. BY BILL STUTTIG

According to the report, the suspects might have attempted to get into a home at the Debs Place Townhouses, believed to be the residence of one of the suspects, but failed to get the key to work, and then fled to the Greenway. Officers in pursuit spotted them and stopped them on the Greenway footpath between Buildings 10C and 25. They were detained and brought to the precinct stationhouse for a show up identification where the victim reportedly identified both of them. They were quickly charged with armed robbery and related charges. As further evidence of the alleged guilt of the suspects, a Public Safety officer asked the victim for the number of the cell phone which was stolen from (Continued on page 2)

SCRIE deadline approaches for retroactive credit in carrying charge

Cablevision deal announced to sell company to European firm A major cable TV and communications corporation based in Europe announced an agreement this week to buy Cablevision, the cable provider to Co-op City. On Sept. 16, Cablevision entered into a definitive agreement with Altice whereby Altice will deliver $34.90 in cash for each Cablevision Class A and Class B share. Cablevision shareholders have approved the transaction by written consent and the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016, subject to regulatory and other customary approvals. According to press reports, Altice has built a reputation in Europe for aggressively reducing operating costs and investing heavily in infrastructure, primarily upgrading fixed-line


The deadline for new applicants to sign up for the New York City Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) in order to be eligible for retroactive credit to June 1, 2015 when the last carrying charge in the amount of 4.5% was implemented is

Monday, September 28, 2015. New applications received after that date will not be eligible for retroactive credit, but will commence on the first day of the month following the receipt of their application by (Continued on page 9)

Delays in FiOS rollout topic of public forum Monday Two public interest groups seeking to pressure Verizon into speeding up delivery of the company’s FiOS internet fiber-optic cable service to residents throughout New York City are holding their second public forum on the topic this coming Monday night in the Bronx. The two groups, Common Cause/New York and Consumers Union, have formed the coalition #Waiting4Fios and want to hear particularly from Bronx residents who have been unable to receive Verizon’s service. The forum will be held on Monday, BY JIM ROBERTS

Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hostos Community College, 120 East 149th Street (at Walton Avenue), Savoy Room, 2nd Floor. Anyone wishing to speak is urged to register in advance at A representative from Verizon will be at the forum. “Verizon is a very large and powerful company and in order for our city to hold them accountable, we need to make this a public issue so residents need to come and share their stories about their experiences with FiOS,” said (Continued on page 4)

networks with the latest fiber-optic technology. The company’s goal is to provide subscribers with faster Internet connection speeds at competitive prices. Altice’s strategy is to acquire a series of U.S. cable companies and add mobile phone service to TV, telephone and Internet service, forming a “quad play,” according to financial analysts. Cablevision has an exclusive marketing agreement with Co-op City which forbids other cable television providers from marketing their services through the community’s resources. According to Riverbay’s General Counsel’s office, the proposed sale of Cablevision will have no effect on the existing exclusive marketing agreement between (Continued on page 2)

Fall shutdown

SCRIE Reminder



The annual fall shutdown at the Riverbay Power Plant will begin on Thursday, September 24, when the cooling system will be taken offline and maintenance, repair and preparation will begin before the heating season begins. It is expected that the power plant will start up winter operations on Thursday, October 15th.

Community center reconditioning program underway Looking for ways to upgrade the look of Co-op City’s more than 40 year old community and shopping centers without unnecessarily spending millions, Riverbay workers this week began a program of reconditioning exterior areas while modernizing the look of some entrance ways. Riverbay Interim General Manager Noel Ellison explained this week that it will be a gradual process using Riverbay in-house staff to Riverbay janitorial and grounds staffer Leon recondition areas that have Sylvester applies a fresh coat of paint to the exterior not been touched for several overhangs of the Dreiser Center. Photo by Bill Stuttig years while establishing a (Continued on page 4) maintenance plan to keep




Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

Riverbay and Cablevision and will stay in place when Altice takes over operations of Cablevision. When Co-op City’s original exclusive cable provider Community Home Entertainment [CHE] dissolved in 2006, the Riverbay Board of Directors scrambled to find a suitable replacement for the continuance of cable service to the community. Several cable providers, including Verizon, were approached at the time and Cablevision was the only company to offer a service contract to the community. Riverbay came to an agreement with Cablevision to spend approximately $300,000 to upgrade the equipment, including the community’s closed-circuit security surveillance system, cable wiring in the buildings and additional closed circuit stations for the

comm-unity which still gives the community options for local programming. Those perks came with an agreement that Cablevision would be the only cable company allowed to market their services within Co-op City property. For that exclusive agreement, which is contracted to remain in effect until 2024, Cablevision pays Riverbay shareholders $450,000 per year. Regardless of the exclusive marketing agreement, every cable provider, under the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, has the right of access to Co-op City buildings for wiring homes. On Thursday, following announcement of Altice’s acquisition of Cablevision, James L. Dolan, Chief Executive officer of Cablevision, issued the following statement: “Since Charles Dolan

him, along with cash. The officer dialed the number, and the phone instantly began to vibrate in the pants of one of the suspects and slid down her pants leg and onto the floor where it was observed still vibrating. The suspect who reportedly held the knife to the throat of the victim and demanded money is 18 years old and a resident of Co-op City. The other defendant, who, according to the report, did not take part in threatening the driver’s life, but stood with the perpetrator while the crime was unfolding and fled with her and was captured with her, is 16 years old and not a resi-

dent of Co-op City. Chief Frank Apollo, commander for the Department of Public Safety, said: "The fact that our officers were in the immediate area on patrol and remained persistent in the search for these violent perpetrators resulted in this quick apprehension. As always, I commend the day-in and day-out work that my staff performs and the results which occur from their diligence. The personnel responsible for making this apprehension are to be commended and regarded as a great asset not only to my department, but the community as well."


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founded Cablevision in 1973, the Dolan family has been honored to help shepherd our customers and employees through the most extraordinary communications revolution in modern history. “Now, nearly half a century later, the time is right for new ownership of Cablevision and its considerable assets. We believe that Patrick Drahi and Altice will be truly worthy successors, and we look forward to doing all we can to affect this transition for our customers and employees. We expect that Cablevision

will be in excellent hands. “For the Dolan family, we move forward with AMC Networks and The Madison Square Garden Company – two and, eventually, three public companies – all born of Cablevision and each with brighter prospects today than ever before. “With profound gratitude to our employees, customers and shareholders who have made our vision a reality, the Dolans look forward to continuing this fascinating journey.”

As reported, we are experiencing problems with the machinery installed during the modernization of the community’s elevators. Last year, Riverbay had to take TKE, the previous elevator contractor responsible for the modernization work, to Bronx Supreme Court. At issue was TKE’s failure to honor their warranty on the machine they installed which they claimed was equal to what Riverbay specified in its bid. TKE was so confident that their machine equaled our specifications, they gave us a 25 year warranty. However, as the TKEinstalled machines began to vibrate and fail, they refused to honor their warranty. Our settlement agreement in court resulted in TKE having to replace the machines, as needed, and giving us the standard one year warranty on the replaced machinery. However, those replaced machines are now failing inspection by the New

York City Buildings Department (DOB) inspectors who cite excessive vibration in the cars. Since last week, elevators in Buildings 26B and 21C have passed DOB inspection and have been returned to service. Elevators in Buildings 10B, 16A, 28A and 29A remain out of service due to vibrating cars. TKE is trying a fix in Building 16A, which we view as a short term approach and have asked our consultants to follow up. We understand the frustration of those who have been inconvenienced with limited elevator service, but we are also primarily concerned with the safety of our cooperators. We will continue to work diligently to get this matter resolved expeditiously. As soon as we have any new information, it will be shared with the community. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.

Management update on community’s elevators


(718) 671-2233 DR. LOUIS JACOBS, DIRECTOR ALL FOOT CONDITIONS TREATED The in-office surgical correction of BUNIONS • HAMMERTOES • INGROWN TOENAILS PAINFUL CORNS and CALLOUSES The treatment of traumatic foot injuries, heel spurs, bursitis and arthritis of the joints of the feet, toenail and skin infections, as well as other conditions.

Most Union and Insurance Plans Accepted. HIP CMO (Montefiore) Health Plan Accepted. We participate in Postal Workers, Mail Handlers, Letter Carriers, Verizon Workers, 1199, GHI, Blue Shield, Empire Plan, Medicare, Travelers, United Health Care and many other union and major medical plans. Se Habla Español MEDICARE ACCEPTED • HOUSE CALLS BY APPOINTMENT

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NCNW Annual Health Fair

The NCNW Co-op City Section’s annual Health Fair will take place on Saturday, September 26, in the Dreiser Auditorium from 1 – 4 p.m. There will be exhibitors from AARP, the Council of Senior Centers & Services, Violence Prevention Program and many, many more. The St. Barnabas Hospital Mobile Mammography van will also be there and pre-registration is highly encouraged for those who would like to be screened. Please contact Chairperson Rev. Lillian Mills at (718) 671-4531 or lillianhmills to schedule an appointment or for further information.

Cablevision celebrates Hispanic Heritage in Co-op City

Cablevision’s Optimum and Music Choice are teaming up with Riverbay Corporation to host La Conexion Latina Concert at Co-op City in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, next Saturday, September 26. The afternoon of music and fun will begin at 3 p.m. at the stage area on the Greenway and features Natti Natasha, J’Martin and 24 Horas. Admission is free and all are invited to attend.

Hispanic Heritage celebration next Sunday

The Spanish American Community Club, in conjunction with the Riverbay Fund, will co-host an Hispanic Heritage celebration next Sunday, September 27th, in the Dreiser Auditorium, 1-6 p.m. The event is free and the community is invited to attend. There will be several live performances from groups representing Puerto Rico, Honduras, Mexico, Columbia and Latin America. There will also be raffles and refreshments.

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Kevin Lambright elected new president of the African American Association At its September monthly meeting, Kevin Lambright, an 18-year resident of Co-op City and a vocal Co-op City community leader, was unanimously elected the new President of Co-op City’s African American Association. Mr. Lambright will be replacing Francine Reva Jones as president of the very influential and important community organization promoting the understanding and furtherance of AfricanAmerican culture, history and contemporary concerns. Ms. Jones served as the president of the organization for the past nine years, greatly increasing its outreach to the African American community in the New York area as a whole while increasing programs here in the areas of cultural and historical education and natural, holistic health promotion. Ms. Jones was recently elected to another three-year term as a Riverbay Board Director. Ms. Jones said this week that the African American Association is extremely dear to her heart and vital to this community and she plans on remaining very active in the organization, providing Mr. Lambright with whatever guidance he requires as he attempts to steer the organization down


many of the same paths, while helping ward to Mr. Lambright’s forthcoming it continue to grow in its influence in leadership of the African-American the community as a whole. Association and wish him all the best. She added, “I want to thank the The community should also support membership, as well as the general him. The next meeting will be held on community for their supOctober 8th at 7:00 p.m. in port and encouragement Dreiser Center, Room 15.” over these past nine Mr. Lambright told the years.” Co-op City Times this week: Ms. Jones further ex“My first goal will be to plained about the recent expand the membership of the and ongoing transition African American Association. process. “I have known According to census data, the Kevin Lambright for apmajority of this community is proximately 15 years and now African American. Membership has been increasing have always found him to slowly because people have be a very progressive genbegun to recognize all the tleman. Due to Mr. Kevin Lambright things that the African AmerLambright’s work schedican Association sponsors and promotes ule, he was unable to attend the June here in Co-op City. It does great things to election meeting of the Africanbuild the morale and culture of Co-op American Association. Therefore, I City. informed him that no one accepted the nomination for the position of President, “It is going to be scary trying to folalthough the other offices were filled. I low in the footsteps of Francine who also informed him that after serving as has done a great job,” Lambright President for nine years, it was time for a added. “Am I going to be able to conchange. He considered the circumtinue and expand upon what she has already done? To help answer that stances and, at the September 10th meetquestion for myself, I have sat down ing, accepted the nomination and was unanimously elected President. It is with pleasure and anticipation that I look for(Continued on page 20)

Co-op City parents urge neighbors to support Truman’s JROTC cadets

with Empire and held a 50/50 during Two Co-op City parents are once the Empire Harley Davidson’s Rides of again urging their neighbors to support March event, raising $5,185. They hope the award–winning Truman High School to do even better with the current effort. Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Brenda has organized a t-shirt sale to Training (JROTC) by participating in this benefit the Truman JROTC program at year’s fundraiser. afjrotc, and her Rigo and Brenda Toro mission is to sell 100 tof Building 10C have shirts by Tuesday, Septlived in Co-op City for ember 29. about 20 years and their The goals of the son, Justin, is a cadet in Truman JROTC are to the Truman JROTC. educate and train high Three years ago, the school cadets in citizenToro’s started a fundraisship, promote commuer to help the team offset nity service, instill ressome of the expenses ponsibility, character associated with traveland self-discipline, and ling and accommodato provide instruction in tions when they take part air and space fundain drill team competi- Brenda and Rigo Toro of mentals. The program tions, exhibitions and Building 10C is grounded in the Air other team-related activities. Force core values of integrity first, The first year, collaborating with the service before self and excellence in all Empire Harley Davidson in New we do. Rochelle, the Toro’s, who are themThe Truman JROTC cadets participate selves avid bikers, raised $1,000. in summer leadership school, drill meets, Earlier this year, they again teamed up field trips, parades, military ball, dining BY ROZAAN BOONE

out, model rocketry program and the Kitty Hawk Air Society program. They are also encouraged to get involved in their local communities. The team has won several awards, including the Distin-guished Unit Award which they won for 4 consecutive school years. This award is given to only the top 25% of approximately 900 AFJROTC units worldwide, and to earn it, the cadets are required to set and achieve or exceed several challenging and measurable goals for service to the corps, school and community. Last year, MSgt. Earl Persing, Director of the Truman JROTC, told the Co-op City Times that for the last 3 consecutive years, the Truman Fighting Mustangs Drill Team marched on to the drill pad at the Jackson Memorial Township High School’s Fall Classic, a drill team competition, and swept the overall contest. The team has also garnered first place overall wins at the North Penn High School in Pennsylvania and at Newburgh High School in Upstate New York. (Continued on page 20)


Verizon Forum

Josh Mumms, Outreach Manager for Common Cause/New York. “Verizon has been downplaying the extent to which folks have not been able to access FiOS, so it’s important that people come and say how big of an issue it is to them,” Mumms said. “We want to hear directly from Bronx residents about their personal experiences and it’s helpful for us to know buildings or streets or neighborhoods where people have had problems.” The dispute about Verizon fulfilling its obligations involves defining what exactly was required in the 2008 deal between Verizon and New York. The city contends that since Verizon says it has lived up to its obligation to “pass” 100 percent of residences, thereby creating the pipeline to connect everyone

Community Center

many of these newly reconditioned features clean, shiny and attractive for years to come. Janitorial Director Luis Salazar spent much of his week supervising more than a dozen staff members as they worked on the Dreiser Community Center exterior, performing such tasks as power washing the walkways, repainting ceiling and facades and reconditioning banisters through the huge shopping center to restore them to the original gleam that hasn’t been seen for nearly 40 years. “Co-op City has more than 25,000 linear feet of these silver banisters throughout Co-op City,” Salazar explained. “To replace them, it would cost the shareholders millions of dollars. In many areas, they are pitted and showing the effects of oxidation

which would eventually necessitate their cost-prohibitive replacement. Recently, we trained several staff member on the methods for restoring these metals, removing the pitting and other signs of oxidation and then buffing and polishing them so they look like they did when they were originally installed.” Salazar added that this treatment will be followed up by a regular maintenance program where the railings will be rebuffed approximately every six months. The same is being done for other metal surfaces and trim around the shopping centers. In addition, workers could be seen power washing all the walkways around the Dreiser Center earlier this week. “A lot of these sidewalks were

Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015 to FiOS, the company should not “… indicate that cable television service is ‘unavailable’ at any premises. Instead, Verizon must inform all prospective subscribers that they can place NSIs [nonstandard installation orders],” according to the city audit. (According to the original 2008 deal, Verizon has up to 12 months to complete an NSI.) Many residents have waited more than the one year deadline for installations. However, Verizon contends that they have complied with the requirements of the deal and continuing to make their best efforts to connect every home that wants the FiOS service. “A lot of people are taking snipes about how we’re rolling out FiOS across the city,” said John Bonomo, (Continued from page 1)

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redone re-cently, but you have to stay on top of them,” Salazar said. “A pet peeve of mine is chewing gum that carelessly gets dropped onto the cement and adheres to it. It looks terrible and it takes our staff more than five minutes to clean each piece of gum that becomes part of the sidewalk. When you multiply this by the hundreds of pieces of gum we have to clean, it not only looks bad, but it becomes costly for the community.” Staff can also be seen repainting ceilings and doors throughout the centers. In Bartow Center, workers were installing new tile at the back entrances of the center and putting the finishing touches on the east rear exterior staircase which is being completed in preparation for the reopening of the east back entrance in the near future. That entrance has been closed for nearly a year and a half. Workers also weeded the rear Bartow Plaza and spruced up the plantings

spokesman for Verizon. “We have covered all boroughs with our fiber network as per the agreement and we also know that there’s more work to be done to improve the process. “One of the real challenges we have is getting approvals and cooperation from landlords and property owners to bring fiber into their buildings and into adjacent properties. We’re knocking on doors every single day to get that permission,” Bonomo said. Verizon has completed wiring all the streets surrounding Co-op City, but as yet has not offered the FiOS service to Co-op City residents. “We have looked at Co-op City and we have had some discussions with Co-op City, but there is an existing marketing agreement with Cablevision,”

Bonomo said. “We did look at it and we thought that because of that agreement, we don’t feel that we could compete effectively to win customers there. “We don’t doubt that a lot of customers are interested, but we’ve got to make the case because it’s a business for us. We’re not a utility in this marketplace so we do have to make a business case for bringing it to a certain place.” The FiOS Public Forum on Monday night is being co-sponsored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jose Serrano, Assemblymember Michael Blake, Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda, NYC Council member Annabel Palma and NYC Councilmember James Vacca. interspersed throughout the seating area in anticipation of the plaza being reopened. Interim General Manager Ellison added, “We are looking at even more beautification options, including making some architectural changes in the near future, all with an eye towards heightening the aesthetic appeal and attractiveness of the centers, creating more value and eventually increasing the bottom line for the community.”


Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

It’s Happening in Co-op City Game Over Basketball Clinic in Section 5

Growing their creativity‌

Last weekend, Nicola and son Nicholas enjoyed the painting workshop held at the Rivers Run Community Garden, located on Co-op City Blvd. adjacent to the baseball field. Above, they show off the canvasses they produced during the “Grow your Creativity� session with Valerie and Lelia. Since the second session was rained out last week, tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 20, part 2 of “Grow your Creativity� has been scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m.

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At the Community Fair last Sunday in Section 5, Game Over NYC sponsored a basketball clinic for youth 6-16 years of age. The event attracted dozens of young men and women who came out to participate in skill drills spread out over all 4 courts and to receive coaching tips from some of the best coaches in New York City. Eric Hicks and Mark Wald, Game Over’s president and vice president, respectively, said after the event: “As former members of the community, we really enjoyed the unique opportunity to come home. We look forward to doing it again very soon.�

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Letter to the Editor

Where is the will to stop racial profiling?

To the Editor: In a letter to the Co-op City Times (9/12), the writer suggests that African Americans who are subjects of police brutality are responsible for their treatment. Although the United States has elected and reelected a Black president, racism remains a glaring fact in American life. On September 9, an instance of racial profiling that could have led to disaster occurred near Grand Central Station. Without identifying himself, and with no provocation, a plainclothes NYPD officer assaulted an innocent Black man, James Blake, on a busy street. If the victim had not kept his cool, would he have ended up another homicide statistic? Or if another police

officer had not recognized Blake as a tennis celebrity, would he have been thrown into the back of a police car and shipped to a city prison until brought before a judge 48 hours later to prove his innocence? If he’d been short of bail money, might he have been incarcerated on Rikers Island? Racial profiling of people of color, especially men, is nothing new, of course. Even Mayor de Blasio has acknowledged that he counsels his multiracial son, Dante, how to act before a police officer. How many mayors need to advise their White sons about how to behave in the company of a cop? What is new is that the kind of abuse James Blake experienced is being captured on video (readers may have seen the assault on the tennis player). While

our nation spends trillions around the world in the name of fighting terrorism, at home, racial profiling and terrorizing of Blacks and other people of color is rife, coming even from law enforcement. Where is the will to put a stop to this? NYPD police Commissioner’s apology to James Blake is insufficient. First, the officer who attacked Blake should be fired, and second, the commissioner must put an end the practice of racial profiling in the NYPD. So should racial profiling end across our nation. Our nation is still only on the way to being a “more perfect union” – only on the way to being an example for the world. —Bernard Cylich

Second Reading: Resolution 15-32

SUBMITTED BY: Helen Atkins SECONDED BY: Evelyn Turner BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING DATED: September 17th, 2015

WHEREAS, Entry-level Public Safety Officers must meet job-related physical fitness standards that are consistent with business necessity and do not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities; and WHEREAS, The Board believes it

would be beneficial for regular Public Safety Officers and the community they serve to meet annual job-related physical fitness standards that are consistent with business necessity and do not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities . NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Board directs that Riverbay’s Labor Counsel, with the assistance of the Chief of Public Safety and the PBA union negotiate for and develop

legally appropriate annual mandatory physical fitness screening practices to accurately assess a Public Safety’s officer’s physiological capacity to perform the essential functions of a Public Safety Officer and do not discriminate against qualified person with disabilities; and. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Management provide monthly progress reports to the Board on implementation of this Resolution. TABLED

Emergency Resolution 15-58

SUBMITTED BY: Evelyn Turner SECONDED BY: Bernard Cylich BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING, DATED: September 17th, 2015

WHEREAS, this contract request is for the upgrade to the Siemens T-3000 Digital Control System, which is the heart of the Cogen plant that relays information from major pieces of equipment to the control room to allow the engineers to make adjustments remotely or operators to check directly on the equipment; and WHEREAS, this project is in Riverbay’s 10 year capital budget, which includes the digital computer system for the software upgrades as well as some hardware upgrades to the system and the last upgrade was 5 years ago, which was

only a software upgrade; and WHEREAS, Riverbay original purchased the 2.0 version and then it was upgraded to 4.2 version and Siemens is up to the 07.02.03 version of the program. Some of the older programming in the system is no longer being supported because of the improved upgrades; and WHEREAS, this is a sole source contract with Siemens Energy, Inc. since the programming and programs in the Siemens system are proprietary. The upgrade is to allow the existing system to improve operation and controls ensuring an efficient plant. NOW THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED: that the proposed sole source Contract 3013,

Digital Control System Upgrade with Siemens Energy, Inc. for the cost of $329,720.00 be approved as submitted by Management in accordance with Board of Directors Resolution #85-16 and amended by Board of Directors Resolution #9544 and the President is hereby authorized to execute the contract and Management is authorized to take all steps necessary to make this action effective. YES: Atkins, Cylich, Gordon, Jenkins, Jones, Owens, Saunders, Turner NO: Johnson, Williams ABSTAIN: Peterson, Taylor ABSENT FOR VOTE: Berk, Graham ABSENT: Leslie PASSED (See page 30 for more Resolutions)

A happy and healthy Yom Kippur to our readers. Important Notice to Shareholders of Building 27

Article SIXTH of your Occupancy Agreement provides, in part, that your lease automatically renews for an additional three (3) year period. You need to do nothing if you want your lease to extend for another three (3) year period. If you will be moving out at the end of your lease, notify Riverbay, in writing, Attention: Sales Support Office, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475, ninety (90) days prior to lease expiration.

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Public Safety Report

CCPD prepares Juvenile Reports to ensure Quality of Life on school days


The Department of Public Safety would like to welcome all students back from summer vacation. We would like to make sure all students return to school without incident. It is important that parents ensure that their children are not in violation of any Riverbay Corporation rules or New York City laws when traveling to and from school. Public Safety enforces all applicable regulations to insure the safety of all students, as well as the people and property of Co-op City. Officers of the Co-op City Department of Public Safety are authorized to prepare Juvenile Reports when offenses of the law are committed by persons at least seven years of age, but less than sixteen years of age. The Juvenile Report is a New York City Police Department form which is utilized when certain types of offenses are committed by persons under the age of 16. Preparation of the Juvenile Report takes the place of an arrest for all violations and some misdemeanors. When a Juvenile Report is issued, it is forwarded to the Youth Officer at the 45th Precinct. The Youth Officer at the 45th Precinct determines what type of follow up is required. Parents of the child are often contacted to monitor future activity. The Juvenile Report can start the process of intervention before serious delinquent activity begins. When a child is taken into custody for the issuance of a Juvenile Report, the parents of the child are notified. It becomes necessary for the parent to respond to Public Safety Headquarters with identification to pick up the child. In the event that the child is truant from school, the school is also contacted. School Safety is notified and the child is returned to school. After school hours, if the parent cannot be reached, the child is transported to a Juvenile Detention facility. A Co-op City Community Complaint is also issued when the child is a Co-op City resident and the offense was committed within the confines of Co-op City. The Co-op City Community Complaint carries a monetary fine and can be added to the monthly carrying charges. The fine for the first offense is $125. Subsequent violations result in doubled fines. Fines can be automatically added to the monthly rent. Rent will not be accepted without payment in full, including the additional charges for Community Complaints. Late fees will be assessed. Multiple violations can lead to eviction. This helps to maintain a high quality of life and low crime rate within the community. Juvenile Reports are often issued for fighting during the school arrival and departure times. The officers of the Co-op City Department of Public Safety are strategically placed adjacent to the schools for the purpose of protecting the life and property of the residents of Co-op City. Students are directed to walk directly home or promptly board the bus to return home. Co-op City’s playgrounds are exclusively for the use of supervised children ages 12 and under. Tot lots are for use by children 7 and under also with adult supervision required. Co-op City children should respond right home after school and then return back to the playground with their parents after the school dismissal crowd has left the community. Parents of school age children should encourage (Continued on page 9

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Tell your friends, relatives and employers about:

2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475 • 718-320-3300 Riverbay Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.

For information on CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES ONLY, please contact: Lenya Garcia at Lgarcia@riverbay; AND Barbara Penn at Please note that emails should be sent to both parties. Please DO NOT email resumes for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES to the aforementioned emails. For EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, please see bottom of the employment listings for specific directions.


Contract 3018 Engineering Services for Construction Oversight & Administration for Parking Garages 1, 2 & 6: Performing Construction Administration and Construction Observation for the repair of the garages. Pre-Bid: September 16, 2015 Bids Due: September 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Bonding: Bonding is not required Insurance: Insurance is required Bid P836, Purchase of Countertops Bids Due: September 24, 2015 at 2 p.m. Late bids will not be accepted.

This is for purchase only. Winner will be given a 1 year contract. To receive a bid package, e-mail, and copy

Bid P837, Purchase of Convector Coils Bids Due: September 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. Late bids will not be accepted. Winner will be given a 1-year contract. To receive a bid package, e-mail, and copy


Open to All applicants from September 17, 2015 to September 25, 2015 • Job Reference #: 15-50

Utility Person Maintenance Department Under the supervision of a Maintenance Emergency Desk Supervisor, candidate will be responsible for performing emergency and routine maintenance repairs throughout the development. Perform HVAC repairs, including clearing of condensation lines, blower fan and motor replacement. Perform plumbing repairs on lines up to 2 1/2 inches diameter. Snake sewer lines as required with manual and electric equipment, as well as perform electrical troubleshooting and repair of apartment & public space circuits and devices. Job Description: Ideal candidate will: • Inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions. • Dismantle machines, equipment, or devices to access and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools, or power tools. • Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals, or parts catalogs, as necessary. • Perform routine maintenance, such as inspecting drives, motors, or belts, checking fluid levels, replacing filters, or doing other preventive maintenance actions. • Repair machines, equipment, or structures, using tools such as hammers, hoists, saws, drills, wrenches, or equipment such as precision measuring instruments or electrical or electronic testing devices. • Maintain or repair specialized equipment or machinery located in laundries, stores, or offices. • Assemble, install, or repair wiring, electrical or electronic components, pipe systems, plumbing, machinery, or equipment. • Clean or lubricate shafts, bearings, gears, or other parts of machinery. • Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges. • Order parts, supplies, or equipment from catalogs or suppliers. • Plan and lay out repair work, using diagrams, drawings, blueprints, maintenance manuals, or schematic diagrams. • Perform general cleaning duties after repairs conducted. • Record type and cost of maintenance or repair work. • Install equipment to improve the energy or operational efficiency of residential or commercial buildings. • Set up and operate machine tools to repair or fabricate machine parts, jigs, fixtures, or tools. • Train or manage maintenance personnel or subcontractors. • Align and balance new equipment after installation. • Inspect used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements, using rules, calipers, micrometers,

or other measuring instruments. • Position, attach, or blow insulating materials to prevent energy losses from buildings, pipes, or other structures or objects. • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring. • Measure, cut, thread and assemble new pipe, placing the assembled pipe in hangers or other supports. • Cut or drill holes in walls or floors to accommodate the passage of pipes. • Perform rough-ins, repair and replace fixtures and water heaters, and locate, repair, or remove leaking or broken pipes. • Assist pipe fitters in the layout, assembly, and installation of piping for air and water systems. • Cut pipe and lift up to fitters. • Fit or assist in fitting valves, couplings, or assemblies to tanks, pumps, or systems, using hand tools. • Requisition tools and equipment, select type and size of pipe, and collect and transport materials and equipment to work site. • Mount brackets and hangers on walls and ceilings to hold pipes, and set sleeves or inserts to provide support for pipes. • Excavate and grade ditches, and lay and join pipe for water and sewer service. • Disassemble and remove damaged or worn pipe. • Clean shop, work area, and machines, using solvent and rags. • Clean and renew steam traps. • Perform preventive or general maintenance procedures, such as cleaning, power-washing, or vacuuming equipment, oiling parts, or changing filters. • Cut or drill holes in floors, walls, or roof to install equipment, using power saws or drills. • Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe or tubing, using pipe fitter's tools. • Perform other duties as assigned. Job Requirements: HS Diploma or equivalent is a plus; successful candidate should have 1 to 3 years of experience in maintenance; candidate should have a working knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures; applicant must have ability to walk for long periods of time, twist, kneel, push, stoop, climb ladders, work in inclement weather, and lift and carry up to 80 pounds; valid Driver License (NY, NJ, CT, or PA) required; knowledge of OSHA and safety requirements related to performing maintenance repairs; must be available for emergency work; must be able to read and write in English; Bi-Lingual is a plus. Testing Requirements: Drug Screening Test; background check. Days and Hours: Days and hours of operation will vary on a flexible schedule How to Apply: All applicants are advised to submit a resume, along with the application. Applications are given out at the below address from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Applications are given out at the following address from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Riverbay Corporation Administration Office, 2049 Bartow Ave., Bronx, NY 10475; OR Resumes can be faxed to 718-320-3672 with the Job Title and Job Reference # on the TOP RIGHT CORNER of the resume. *Riverbay Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer*


Don’t Forget Us!

Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

Recently, I received a passionate plea from a fellow cooperator who requested that Riverbay not forget about the people who moved into Co-op City because there was a NO DOG policy. Her feelings and experiences are very real to her and I can say I truly feel her pain. There is still a no dog policy at Co-op City. Our acceptance of dogs is only for cooperators with a verifiable disability. We, as a housing development, must make reasonable accommodations and after losing the battle in court, along with the requirement to pay out tens of thousands of dollars, the courts ordered that we provide reasonable accommodations. In addition to the penalty with the lawsuit brought against Riverbay, we were also required by HUD to pay out $500,000 in penalties to people who had been denied apartments at Co-op City prior to our modifying our dog policy. What it comes down to is we, Riverbay Corporation, have no say in allowing dogs for those cooperators with disabilities. We cannot choose which disability can or cannot have a dog. We cannot look at someone and determine if that person has a disability. This is a result of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) which requires that we make reasonable accommoda-

Linda Berk

Director’s Viewpoint

First Vice President

tions for those with disabilities. We cannot disregard this requirement any more than Kim Davis could disregard signing marriage licenses in Kentucky for gay couples. While Ms. Davis had very strong personal convictions she was prepared to defend, she was sent to jail for not following federal law as decided by the Supreme Court. We cannot ignore the ADA without paying a large penalty that would be fiscally irresponsible of the corporation. I have given much thought to the conflict of people who may have a fear of dogs and the presence of dogs at Co-op City. One suggestion might be to join the Dog Committee to be a part of the discussion and recommendations made to the Board of Directors regarding this population. I believe we can give serious thought to how we can provide accommodations for those cooperators who have serious, verifiable dog issues. However, it cannot be at the ex-


Please be advised that specific sections of Garage # 1 will be under construction and closed as of September 23rd, 2015. The locations are as follows: • The D side of the 2nd floor will be closed • The main ramp will be closed, including reserved spaces 64-102 • The main entrance will be open to INCOMING traffic only All vehicles must EXIT through the REAR of the garage • The 1st floor rear ramp, 2nd floor B Side and the 2nd floor up ramp will accommodate two-way traffic • The 3rd floor down ramp will be a dead end Please ensure that your vehicle has been removed from the above mentioned location no later than 7 a.m., Wednesday, September 23rd. If not, your vehicle may be towed at your expense. We ask that you please drive slowly, cautiously and adhere to the posted traffic signage. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation. —Parking Facilities Dept.


Please be advised that specific sections of Garage # 6 will be under construction and closed as of Monday, September 21st, 2015. The locations are as follows: • The rear entrance will accommodate two-way traffic • Main entrance and the main ramp will be closed • ½ of the A & C sides and the entire D side of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd floor will be closed • The B sides of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd floor will accommodate two-way traffic • The 2nd floor up ramp will accommodate two-way traffic • The 3rd floor up ramp will be a dead end Please ensure that your vehicle has been removed from the above mentioned location no later than 7 a.m., Monday, September 21st. If not, your vehicle may be towed at your own expense. We ask that you please drive slowly, cautiously and adhere to the posted traffic signage. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your cooperation. —Parking Facilities Dept.

pense of those who have a verified need for the accommodation to have a dog. We must find a way to make this work. Dogs, to some degree are here to stay. Management We have not had the opportunity to meet with HCR/HUD/Wells Fargo yet. However, there is an atmosphere of mutual respect and a desire of both parties to sit down and discuss the issues. I believe very strongly that we, as shareholders, have a right to protect our property. We have done that very well in the past year and we know there is room for improvement and continue to work to improve. As I review the almost twenty egregious management decisions made by our previous managing agent and compare them to the approximately eighteen areas of deficiencies by the managing agents who applied for management, I am very confident we are doing what is best for our property. There are many plans for the future outlined in the management plan. I would like to discuss them in detail in my next viewpoint. I am excited about new ideas, new technology and all the possibilities that come with them. We will be turning the corner into the 21st century. I ask that you, as cooperators, join in the promise of our future. I ask that we all take an interest in our prop-

erty. Complaining doesn’t help; while we could each point out problems, I challenge each of us to participate in the process. Start with where you live, join your building association. Join a Board committee, write letters to the editor in the CC Times, come out to the many events sponsored by the Riverbay Fund and dare to speak up if you see something wrong. Together, we can make this a better place. College Fair Do not forget to put the college fair on your calendar, Saturday, October 3, 2015. Part of having opportunities to choose from when you attend college is to plan well. Planning well in the college application process requires looking into colleges and universities years before you are ready to go. Investigating schools, programs, professions and financial opportunities will give you the best chance for your future. There are unlimited opportunities, but many of them require a few years’ of lead time. So don’t waste another year, make sure you get out on Saturday, Oct. 3, and get all the help made available to this community, all FREE! Stay in tuned and stay in touch. United, we will make a difference. Write me at or Board of Directors Office, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475.


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the New York City Housing Preservation and Development (HPD, which administers the SCRIE program. Shareholders who currently receive SCRIE do not need to reapply for the exemption every time there is an increase, only if they move and have a change address. To be eligible for SCRIE, shareholders must meet all of the following requirements: • Be 62 years of age and over; • Have an annual household income not in excess of $50,000; • Have a valid one or two-year lease for an apartment that is regulated by the Division of Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), for example, a rent controlled, rent stabilized or hotel stabilized apartment; and • Pay more than one-third of their household’s monthly income for rent, or in the case of Co-op City shareholders, carrying charges. Applications should be submitted directly to



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children to respond home without delay and refrain from engaging in fighting while on the way to and from school. Parents should also make sure students are always in possession of the proper bus pass or MetroCard for boarding the bus. Any theft or loss of bus pass should be reported immediately in order that a replacement can be issued. Children should be directed never to board the buses from the rear door. This act is dangerous and also illegal. Summonses are actively issued for boarding buses without payment or school issued MetroCard. Plainclothes MTA officers are often used for payment enforcement especially on the Special Express buses. It is always important for cooperators to call the Department of Public Safety when they observe any suspicious activity, especially during school arrival and dismissal times. Youth observed fighting or attempting to enter the buildings for the purpose of loitering should be reported immediately. The Co-op City Department of Public Safety would like to welcome everyone back to school from summer vacation. It is important that everyone have a safe and healthy 2015-2016 school year. It seems like just yesterday the Class of 2015 was graduating; now the 2016 graduation will be here before you know it. The future of our country depends on today’s children. It is important that everyone stays safe throughout the year. If you see anything suspicious, notify the proper authorities. Always remember, if you see something, say something. Call 9-1-1 and the Department of Public Safety at (718) 671-3050 or online at Callers may remain anonymous when giving information.

Public Safety Blotter: September 14-15, 2015

September 14 - 2049 Bartow Avenue One male was arrested for Robbery by NYPD with CCPD assisting. The male was transported to 45 Pct. for further possessing. September 14 - 120 Elgar Place Five males were stopped at this location. Two individuals were placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and possession of a knife. All five were issued Community Complaints and one was issued a Universal Summons. September 15 - Debs Townhouse Two females were arrested for Armed Robbery and were transported for further possessing. One was issued a Community Complaint.

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

HPD. HPD has new office hours for walk-ins and telephone inquiries, which are, Mondays, Wed-nesday and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Assistance completing the SCRIE application is also available at the JASA senior center in Co-op City. In addition to holding ongoing workshops through the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. (CSCS), now known as LiveOn NY, JASA’s social workers have also been dispatched to render assistance to those interested in filling out applications for SCRIE, especially those who may be homebound. For an appointment, you

may contact JASA at (718) 320-2066. For a schedule of the next LiveOn NY SCRIE workshop, you may also contact the JASA office or check the weekly JASA page in the Co-op City Times. In addition, Faith @ Work Christian Church has partnered with the Community Services Society to provide assistance to those filling out the SCRIE and DRIE (Disability Rent Increase Exemption on Thursday, September 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Faith @ Work is located at 120 DeKruif Place (street level). For further information, you may contact the church at (347) 3465790; or by email:

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“It’s cool to be smart” Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

It was four years ago when a group of Police Officers cooperators, after deciding that we should Director’s Viewpoint Youth will be able to have a College Fair in OUR community, speak with our OWN fabucoined this logo. Admittedly, we have lous Public Safety Officers some smart young people in Co-op City about careers as police Second Vice President and wish them all a successful school officers. year. No community can match our Resources enthusiasm for our young people, our For the first time, we have free brochures for future senior citizens. high school students that lists New York's 100 + The 4th Annual College, Career & Colleges & Universities with Campus Quick Resource Fair is rapidly approaching and Facts. This guide also list Financial Aid we have new resource material and career Resources. opportunities. College Is Expensive Union Apprenticeships A Financial Aid Workshop will be held at 3 p.m. For the first time, we have union offiWhere is the grant money? How do you find it? cials who are coming to share apprenticeMore highlights to come! ships with our seniors. All graduates are not attending Save the Date: Saturday, October 3 - Dreiser Loop college. We need carpenters, electricians etc., so our Auditorium - 10 - 12 p.m. (Grades 3 to 6) 1 to 6 p.m. volunteers have worked hard to get as many unions out (middle & high school). Call 917-324-1033 for more as possible. Internships We have our corporate sponsor, PepsiCo, who will be available to provide fun activities for the elementary students and share Internship opportunities with our seniors. They will also let them know about jobs available at the corporation that may not require a college degree. Health Care Our country needs health care professionals and we have real DOCTORS who want to talk to youth about becoming a doctor, what to do now in school and MENTORING that is available to ensure success.

Evelyn Turner

With deep sympathy It is with much regret that we announce the passing of Tamara Hodges’ father, Waldemar Thomas Roebuck. Tamara works in the Riverbay Residential Sales Department. Funeral services were held in Kissimmee, Fl. on Friday, Sept. 18. Please join us in keeping Tamara and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time.

Assemblyman Benedetto seeks team members for Breast Cancer Walk

Assemblyman Michael R. Benedetto is calling for volunteers to join him in the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk which will take place on Sunday, October 18 at Orchard Beach beginning at 10 a.m. This is Assemblyman Benedetto’s 10th year participating in this important event and the ninth time that he will be sponsoring a team. “Everyone joining together and giving a little will make a large impact and in the end the proceeds will be used towards much needed research, prevention, early detection and support programs,” said Assemblyman Benedetto. Anyone interested in signing up for “Team Benedetto” can do so by either calling his Tremont office at (718) 892-2235, his Co-op City office at (718) 320-2220, or registering in person at either of these locations. You can also register on-line at and look up “Team Benedetto” to make a contribution. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto is asking all “Team Benedetto” members to make a minimum donation of $20. With their $20 contribution, each participant will receive a personalized “Team Benedetto” polo shirt.

Health Alert Please be reminded that a safety alert from the FDA announced a recall of all cucumbers sold under the "Fat Boy" label starting August 1, because they may be contaminated with salmonella. Also, recalled is "The One Minute Miracle Inc. Diet 30, capsules. The FDA analysis reveals that these dietary supplements contain undeclared drug products making them as unapproved drug. Homeless Men Please contact me if you would like to assist this Director with a Community Service Project for "Seasonal Wraps for Men in a Bronx Homeless Shelter. We're collecting until October 24 (men hats, scarves, gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste & liquid soap). I may be reached at: Evelyn M. Turner, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475 or - 917-324-1033. information.

Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015



Found No Qualified Third-Party Agent Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

As previously reported, I did not think that any of the eight real estate firms applying to manage Co-op City— including the three that the search committee eventually recommended to the full Board—had demonstrated the ability, experience, and “level of expertise that is needed to manage a project of this size and scope.” And I gave a list of reasons why I found all the applicants inadequate for the job. The three whose applications had been forwarded to the Board were Winn WB, First Service, and Compass Rock. One Board member, although acknowledging some reservations about Compass Rock, suggested in a Viewpoint that the Board should reconsider and hire that firm. Landlord CW Rejected Property Managers While I am uneasy about all the applicants, I have additional, specific reservations about Compass Rock. Its parent company is CW Financial Services, a subsidiary of Fortress, an equity investment company. In 2011, when CW purchased Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town (PCVST) for $3 billion, it had several

Bernard Cylich

Director’s Viewpoint Treasurer

options for managing the 11,000-unit rental property on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. CW could have hired Douglas Elliman, the former property manager at PCVST, who had supervised completion of $400 million in capital projects in the complex. CW did not hire that company. Or yet another option, also not chosen, would have been to hire the largest property manager in New York City, First Service. It did not. Indeed, CW could even have considered hiring Marion Scott Real Estate, with its years of experience managing our nation’s largest housing complex, Co-op City. This choice too was rejected. Instead, the new owners of PCVST assembled a team with experience in finance, law, steam distribution, government compliance, and other vital areas of

real estate management. That team was incorporated as a CW entity, Compass Rock. Compass Rock/CW/Fortress A Self-Management Team In HUD’s housing handbook, such an arrangement is considered self-management. Here, at Riverbay, we already have highly experienced workers on staff. We are also searching for personnel to augment various departments at considerably less cost than hiring Compass Rock. Hiring Compass Rock would have been equivalent to hiring CW/Fortress itself. There is no doubt that CW Financial Services is interested in recouping its $3 billion investment in PCVST. CW can do so only from rental income. In his Viewpoint, the Board member noted that the lowest rental in that complex is $4,000 per month. In addition, every time an apartment becomes vacant at PCVST, CW is permitted by law to raise the rent by 20%. About 2,500 apartments are vacated there annually, for a vacancy rate of 22%. In Co-op City, the vacancy rate is 2.6%, or 400 apartments annually—a historically low rate for Co-op City and lower than the average rate of 4.5% in New York City.

Our Low Vacancy Rate Tells Us Something The significant difference between vacancy rates at PCVST and at Co-op City suggests that residents of our community are much more satisfied with the delivery of services and the affordability of their apartments than are the residents of the Lower East Side housing complex. Do we want to entrust our management to an agent like Compass Rock and its parent company, CW Financial Services, who are motivated to push up vacancy rates and thus increase rents? We can do better. We are doing better. The state agency Homes and Community Renewal, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Wells Fargo bank will, we hope, heed our appeal and permit us to continue the successful self-management of the last 10 months and the successful self-management we enjoyed for three decades before MSRE was hired. L’Shana Tovah I close with sincere happy, healthy and peaceful New Year wishes— L’Shana Tovah—to my fellow Jewish cooperators.

If You See Something, SAY SOMETHING!!! Co-op City Public Safety 718-671-3050

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New Real Estate Developments in the Bronx

The real estate market is really picking up in the Bronx. With new shopping malls and housing developments on the way, the Bronx is getting ready to bring in lots of new business and lots of new tenants. Our Shopping Centers We have a good amount of stores in our three community shopping centers. These stores are within walking distance, economical, and for the most part, they're friendly. And, we help them by keeping their rents within a reasonable range. But, as you're going to see, things are starting to really heat up, as far as business is concerned, just outside of Co-op City. New Shopping Developments The Mall at Bay Plaza is expanding their customer base with new bus service. According to the MTA, the #5 bus is now making stops on the weekends at Bay Plaza. So, potential customers from other sections of the Bronx will now have the opportunity to shop at Bay Plaza. Plus, they won't have to drive or pay for parking. Additionally, this mall, with rents ranging from $100-$200 per square foot, is enticing people to shop at their stores with a Facebook page entitled Bay Plaza. And, lots of businesses in this mall are advertising some amazing deals on this site, 50% off, 60% off, etc. So, as you scroll down their page, you will more than likely find yourself saying, "I can't pass this deal up from this store, that store, or that store." Then, as expected, you will probably be shopping right along with lots of other people at these stores. Brilliant ideas, right? Lots of developers feel the same way. And, now, the retail boom is on.

Hello, neighbors. It appears the summer is just about over already. The children are on their way back to school, hope all had a wonderful and safe summer. Now, it is time to get back to the business of our building association. THE ASSOCIATION MEETING is scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. on the ground floor of 27C. We welcome all shareholders, including men and young adults. Please come prepared to give opinions, solutions, suggestions, or to work on projects or committees to enhance the quality of life in our building, as well as the community. COMMITTEES - Sunshine, scholarship, refreshments, etc., we need your

Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

Daryl Johnson

Director’s Viewpoint

Gun Hill Square New Mall? The MTA has a 12.5 acre lot across the street from Home Depot that might be on the verge of development. As reported recently, this site might be the next mall that will be within a short distance of Co-op City. If so, this mall will contain six 2- to 3story buildings. The plan, which might get started in 2016, calls for new stores, restaurants, office space, parking, and possibly a new 40,000 square foot gym to be built at this location. Then, to top it off, there might be an 11-story senior housing building with 100 units. Throggs Neck Shopping Center A 300,000 square foot shopping mall opened up last year at 815 Hutchinson River Parkway. According to published sources, the rent is around $40 a square foot at this mall. Convenience is a large factor here. Whitestone Cinema - A New Mall? This 19.2 acre property, located on Bruckner Boulevard, was purchased for $30 million back in 2012. Thereafter, people thought that an outlet type of mall, similar to Woodbury Commons, would be erected on this site. But, it seems like this property will be sold and another mall might be built at this site.

Building 27 Association help as chairperson, volunteers to get these committees up and running to make a difference. New shareholders, WE NEED YOU. We welcome you one and all to help. Lite refreshments are served and we have 50/50 raffle at each meetings. JOIN US ON A BUS OUTING - to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, on Wednesday, September 23, departing 8:00 a.m. sharp at Einstein Loop Center, Section 5. Return drop off in each section. (A government ID, State ID or driver’s license or passport is required to receive the bonus rebates). Please make checks payable to

Empty Lots In addition to developing huge retail businesses in the Bronx, developers are also focusing their attention on acquiring and building huge housing developments here. According to one report, over $2 billion was spent last year to purchase several properties—occupied buildings and vacant lots—in the Bronx. And, just recently, it was announced that three new 25-story buildings will probably be erected near the Third Avenue bridge. Building Up As you can see, the Bronx is booming with economic activity. And, developers know that the Bronx is the next best thing in NYC. So, they're buying up lots of buildings and vacant properties. And, some of these buildings are being converted into co-ops. Can the prices of these Bronx co-ops compare to the co-ops in Manhattan? No, not yet. But, that's going to change in the near future. And, that's why we now have developers that are drawing up plans for huge buildings in the South Bronx. So, what do you think is going to happen to property values when those huge buildings are erected? What about the residents in that area? Those residents will have to move away from those areas. Now, some people might think that we might be off the hook with all of these surrounding developments. But, that's not necessarily the case. We have sharks circling around Co-op City. And, after things pick up in other areas of the Bronx, you can be sure that developers will want to make some very attractive offers to get Co-op City. And, that is

exactly why I wrote this article. So, I want everyone to know what's happening in the Bronx. And, I want everyone to see how these developments can possibly affect us. New Public Safety Officers - Welcome Seventeen new Public Safety officers are now officially patrolling the streets of Co-op City. During a nearly 3-hour presentation on Friday, September 11, these officers were welcomed to their positions by several board members, management, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, the PBA, other invited guests, and their families. Additionally, other officers received promotions during this event. So, I want to welcome and congratulate all of our officers. Close I love this idea of businesses joining together and creating a spectacular Facebook page to offer huge discounts and to bring in lots of new customers. This brilliant idea is just one thing that we can use to improve our malls. Thank you. Questions or comments? Please send a message to: Daryl Johnson, Riverbay Board Director, c/o Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475. Or, please send a message to me at (There are absolutely no problems with this email address. So, please, slowly double-check the spelling of this address if your message bounces back to you.) Also, please call me at 718-671-4544 if you don't receive a response from your message. You can also join me on Facebook by typing in: Daryl H. Johnson. Okay, that’s it for now. So, please have a wonderful week. And, may God bless you and your family. Thank you.

Building 27 Association and mail to Lillian Sumpter 140 Erdman Pl. Apt 6D, Bronx, NY 10475, also accepting cash or money order. If any questions, please contact Margie at 718-379-4629 or 718-6711905 (from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Happy birthday to those in the month of September. We wish all of our sick and shut-in a speedy recovery. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to those that has lost a loved one. Please keep our Board members and management in prayer as they lead this great community and pray for this nation. —H. Overman

Welcome back. Hope you had a wonderful and healthy holiday. Our first meeting for the new season is September 28 at 7 p.m. in the association room on the “B” side on the first floor. Looking forward to seeing you. All are welcome. Our next outing is a bus ride to Foxwood Casino on October 24th. Price is $35. Give back is $10. Free buffet, plus shopping at Tanger Outlets. Information is posted on the lobby bulletin board. For more info., contact Betty Leak at 718-671-0840, Katrina Minos-Shepard at 718-671-4953, Joan June at 718-671-7079. Bus leaves from library. Hope to see you. —Betty Leak

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The new potential scourge to our youth: K2 Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

Junius Williams

Director’s Viewpoint

I was recently invited to a meeting by Bishops Angelo and Nancy Rosario to the Bronx Clergy Task Force. One of the topics was about K2. What is K2? K2 is a class of compounds designed to mimic marijuana. K2 (Synthetic marijuana) is an illegal drug designed to produce effects similar to marijuana. It can be smoked, mixed with marijuana or added to hot water for drinking. What is the danger (symptoms) of K2? K2 (Synthetic marijuana) has very strong side effects. These side effects include increased heart rate, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, irritability, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness. Severe effects include kidney failure, heart attack or death. If your child or someone you know shows symptoms after K2, call a doctor

or the NYC Poison Control Center at 800222-1222. Poison control centers are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year for poisoning emergencies and for informational purposes. How is K2 sold? K2 is often being sold under the guise as incense, herbal mixtures, plant food or potpourri. What are some of the brand names K2 is sold under? Ak-47 - Aroma - Atomic - Black Mamba - Bliss - California Dream Cherry Blast - Chill X - Chronic Spice

Our National Headquarters reminds us that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Each year in the United States, approximately 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer. Many childhood cancers have much higher survival rates when they are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease. Every year, America pauses to raise awareness of prostate cancer and reaffirm our resolve to defeat it. Again, early diagnosis of prostate cancer is important for a favorable outcome. Health Fair: Please keep this in mind and come out on Saturday, September 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Dreiser Auditorium for our annual Health Fair. This health fair will have exhibitors from AARP, Council of Senior Centers & Services, Jackie Cauthen, RN, an exercise specialist, Poison Prevention Services and Domestic Violence Prevention Program and many, many more. The Health Committee is inviting members and friends to sign up in advance to schedule a mammogram which will be conducted by the St.

Barnabas Hospital Mammography Mobile Van. Please contact Chairperson Rev. Lillian Mills at (718) 671-4531 or to schedule an appointment or for further information. Vacation in Italy: Did you get your deposit in for our exciting trip to Italy? It’s not too late! Spend 8 glorious days in Italy visiting Rome, Florence and Venice, September 11-18, 2016. A perfect one-week vacation seeing the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s David, private boat ride on the Venetian canals, St. Mark’s Square and Doges’ Palace and much more! To reserve your space, mail your deposit and trip insurance to: NCNW Co-op City Section, P.O. Box 93, Bronx, NY 10475. For more information, call: 718-320-2366 or 718-6559034 or 718-538-8606. Regional Leadership Conference… October 30 – November 1, are the dates for our NCNW Northeast Regional Leadership Training Conference. If you have not sent in your deposit for the NCNW Regional Leadership conference, please do so. If you are paying your registration fee in three payments, your sec-

The Men’s Club of the Traditional Synagogue wants to thank all of our friends who attended our August 30th trip to Atlantic City. Everybody had a good time, and the weather was beautiful. Men’s Club Traditional Synagogue is running a trip to RESORTS CASINO in Atlantic City on Monday, November 2. Have a day of fun on the Boardwalk, shopping and all the sights and sounds of Atlantic City. The cost: $33 per person with a $25 slot. Player may use any machine or table. I would like to remind you that you need a RESORTS Casino Card or government photo ID card (such as a Driver or Non-Driver License) to get your bonus slot play. Payment is due

by October 26. Please send checks made out to the following: Men's Club Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City, 120 Erdman Place, Building 27B, Bronx NY, 10475. We provide a drink, snack free and play Bingo going, and a 50/50 raffle and show a movie on the return trip. For reservations, call: Gary, (718) 671-8424 or Bruce, (718) 320-2234. Please note: Pick-up times—Einstein Loop, 8:00 a.m.; Asch Loop, 8:15 a.m. by the library, and Dreiser Loop, 8:25 a.m. by the hardware store. Everyone is invited to all our functions. We hope you will join us. Shalom! —Bruce Gitelson

- Crazy Clown - Flamingo - Fire Galaxy Gold - Genie - Green Giant Joker - K2 - K3 - K4 - K3 Legal Moon Rocks - Mr. Nice Guy - Skunk Sky High - Smacked - Smoke - Spice Crazy Monkey - Dead Man Walking Funky Monkey - Scooby Snax - Sexy Monkey - Twilight. In my opinion, as crack, this is another epidemic waiting to happen. It is getting a strong foot-hold in our communities (minority communities) which we cannot afford to let happen. These drugs are being sold mainly in our neighborhoods and our youth are becoming attracted to this drug because it is relatively inexpensive in comparison to all the other recreational drugs. Also, the packages and names are being designed to target our youths. Where is K2 being sold? K2 is being sold in bodegas, convenience stores, smoke shops and now,

the Internet. New York State Senator Jeffrey Klein, who represents the Bronx, recently referred to the internet as a virtual bodega and a chemist warehouse, where all of these items are commonly purchased by young people, and can now be purchased online." Again, in my opinion, we have already lost too many of our youth and young adults to drugs and criminal activities. I beg of you, please, start closely noticing your children and the company they are keeping. Keep an eye out for any change in their behavior. It is illegal to sell or distribute K2 in New York City or New York State. Call 3-1-1 to report any stores that are still selling these products. Please feel free to contact me by phone: (347) 964-6135 or by e-mail:

ond payment is due. Remember that final payments must be in by October 1. The conference will take place at the Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, N.J. Please contact our Section President, Dorcas Lay if you are interested in attending. School Supplies: Since there is a need for schools to keep an extra supply of pencils on hand, we will start collecting

pencils at each of our monthly meetings which will be distributed to local schools in the Co-op City community that we have partnered with on other occasions. Shop for a Cause: NCNW Co-op City Section was also happy to participate in Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” event on Saturday, August 29. —Joyce Howard

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Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

African-American Association

The African-American Association congratulates our new President Mr. Kevin Lambright. He will continue to follow in the path of our former President Francine Reva Jones. We had a wonderful turnout at our September meeting. It seems more people are gravitating to our organization. But that is no surprise since our organization is making cultural strides every week. You all have yourselves to thank for that. It is only appropriate to applaud yourselves for your eager participation and individual leadership. We are currently forming committees and will be seeking a Corresponding Secretary. If you are interested in either, please contact us at: 718-3795555. The association is organizing a Co-op

City contingent to march in the 46th Annual African-American Day Parade in Harlem on Sunday, September 20th, 1:00 p.m. We marched last year and it was a fantastic experience. There were marching bands, celebrities, politicians, clubs, schools, universities and national organizations marching proudly with their banners. The association sponsors the following ongoing programs and encourages your participation. Children’s Programs – For information about the early morning school drop-off program and the after school programs, call 718-379-5555. Yoga & Pilates Mat Classes – Classes resume on Tuesday, 9/15, 7:15 p.m., Dreiser Center, Rm. 2. Lose weight, tone and strengthen your

muscles with exercises that reduce stress through breathing techniques. For more information, call 718-6718364. Belly Dance Classes – Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room #2. For a nominal fee, you will have fun and stay in shape. For more information, call Xonia, 646-301-9438. Evening Line Dance Classes – Dance to Soul, Latin, and Gospel music on Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. in Dreiser Center, Room #2. Call Cynthia, 917903-7073. Music, Rhythm & Dance – Most Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Dreiser Center, Rm. 15; most Saturdays, 10:00 a.m., Dreiser Center, Room #2. Call Keith, 917-561-6211. Adult Study Group – The Institute

for Youth meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m. The Book Study Group meets every 3rd Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Dreiser Center, Room 15. Please call to confirm, 718-379-5555. General Membership Meeting – The next meeting will be on Thursday, October 8. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please read our weekly column for updates. Also, if you wish to join or update your membership, please send a check or money order (DO NOT MAIL CASH) of $15 for a single membership or $25 for families to: African-American Association of Co-op City, P.O. Box 702, Co-op City Station, Bronx, NY 10475. Donations are welcomed. Like us on Facebook: CoopcityAfrianamericanassoc. —Kevin Lambright

From Broun Place Townhouse Association: All apologies, in last week’s press release, there was no mention of remembering September 11th. It was not forgotten. Let’s continue to remember through prayer and memorial services all who were lost and how our lives were changed on September 11, 2001. In Broun Place last week, neighbors came together in support to help a neighbor, a family go through a great loss. We send our deepest and very sincere condolences to the Trent family as their daughter passed last week. May the Trent family know no more sorrow. Regarding the form incorrectly sent by the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, we did ask a local politician for help. We are

awaiting his response. To review, as in 2014, some neighbors received a form meant for homeowners which we are not. We are trying to get that corrected! The first meeting of the Broun Place Townhouse Association will be held on September 24, Bartow Community Center, from 7 p.m., Room 28. This is the election meeting. Offices are elected for two year terms. The association needs your support and membership. Though Scandal begins its new season the same night, please plan to attend our meeting, first. Dues are in order for this new fiscal year. The dues are $12 per apartment. Dues are used to support all Broun Place activities and goals determined by our residents. Light refreshments will be offered. We look forward to your participation and

attendance. Many witnessed the discarding of rolls and other breads on our dumpster site again. We ask, even beg, please follow garbage disposal rules. There are huge, conveniently placed dumpster bins and garbage cans throughout Co-op City. Please don’t leave bread on the ground of our dumpster pad. If you witness community abuse, call Public Safety, 718-671-3050, and CSO or even drop your Broun Place president a note. September, the 12th, last Saturday, the Section Five Community Fair was held on a beautiful end of summer day. Hope everyone had fun at this traditional Co-op City event. By the way, there is a new phone scam call. Caller says, “We are calling homeowners in Broun Place to let you know we are

here to clean your roof gutters and drains!” Immediately you know this is a SCAM. We are not homeowners! We are lucky enough to have our roofs maintained by Riverbay. Do not give personal information over the phone. Join the “Do Not Call” program that blocks some calls. If you are going away, tell a trusted neighbor your schedule and ask them to discard your flyers and newspapers. Neighbors continuing to observe the Jewish High Holy Days, L’Shana Tova, may you celebrate and observe in peace. Thanks again to the Broun Place Executive Board, Lana and Jesse for all their continued help. Please share your tidings and Broun Place issues with Eva or a member of our board. —Eva Lazaar

Our raffle drawing was held at the September general membership meeting. The 3 prizes were a 32-inch flat screen TV, a gift basket and a gift card. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all who participated! In conjunction with the Riverbay Fund, the club will be co-hosting this year’s Hispanic Heritage celebration on Sunday, September 27th. Join us in the Dreiser Community Center, beginning at 1:00 p.m., for live performances and

tasty refreshments. The next general membership meeting will be held Thursday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m. in Room 16 (club room) of the Dreiser Center. The club will be hosting ‘Vegas Night’ on Saturday, October 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in our club room. Admission will be $2 at the door. Join us and try your luck! Choose your costume and join us for our Halloween party on Saturday,

October 24th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in Room 4. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served. Members admitted free; non-members will be asked to donate $10. ‘Social Friday’ will take place on October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the club room. Bring your costume. The Cultural and Social Committees will be co-hosting this year’s Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 12th. Music will be provided by Johnny

Ray ‘Salsa Con Clase’, Charlie Donato y Son Ideal and DJ Salsero. Tickets are $30. Please see the website for ticket details. Details for all our upcoming events and the club in general, can be found on our website: You may also contact the club at (718) 379-7017 or email us at SpanAm —Carmen Rodriguez

Broun Place Townhouse Association

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Transparency is a buzz word Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

First and foremost, I want to congratulate our most recent Co-op City Public Safety Officers on their graduation. It was a pleasure to attend the ceremony and look at the proud faces of family and friends. Our officers cover an area that is larger than many precincts in New York so we understand how daunting the task can be. I wanted them to take away the fact that it is important to follow the rules and lead by example because people are always watching. While there will always be a few who feel differently, the majority of shareholders support our officers and wish them the best. Courtesy, professionalism and respect are important ideals to remember and exhibit. Congratulations to the promotees, especially Lt. Shelda Williams, the Department of Public Safety Training Director and Mistress of Ceremony. Job well done. Transparency is a buzz word often used, so when a former key member of the management knowledge team was released from their duties and there was


no mention to the Board or in the Co-op City Times, I was concerned. A recent headline in another paper was quite disturbing. The allegations of improper expenditures are very disconcerting. Upon my return from vacation, I expected to see a memo to the Board detailing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal. The evening before the Human Resource Director was removed, there was a Riverbay Board meeting, but no mention was made about what was about to take place the following day. I have asked for additional information regarding this claim and hope that at the meeting being held

this week (after the submission of this article), some questions will be answered. I am pleased to once again be the Chairperson of the Sales Committee. Before going on hiatus earlier this year, we videotaped a new shareholder orientation meeting. Our goal is twofold. We want to eliminate the rotating of six or seven employees to present at these meetings and ensure new shareholders receive information consistent with Riverbay/HCR policies without variation. Several department directors were asked to review the video and make any additions, deletions or corrections to the presentation. We hope an updated/ revamped website and CD will allow both current and new shareholders the opportunity to have a visual tutorial of convector cleaning and window cleaning, along with an overview of what Co-op City has to offer. Our first meeting is scheduled for September 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 28 at the Bartow Management Office.

During these meetings, we will discuss the issue of subletting and welcome any viable solutions to combat this issue. Keep in mind anything that is suggested will always be within the confines of rules, regulations and subject to legal review. I have listened to shareholders complain about certain problems in the garages, such as cars speeding and/or going in the wrong direction. After some research, I found there are resources available that would help combat this situation. I presented the idea of cameras with integrated video analytics to the Garage Committee. I hope that additional discussion will take place to look into the benefit of using a system of this nature and whether it is cost effective. I am always interested in hearing your thoughts on various issues. I can be reached by mail at: Leslie Peterson, Riverbay Board Director, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475, telephone at 718-320-1370, or e-mail at dadd

seminars on how to better manage household finances, save money, budget, and better maintain their personal household income. “There are also a lot of talent in Co-op City, people who know how to cook, people who know how to sew, and much more and I would like to gather some of these talented people and have them teach their skills to others so that we can support one another,” Mr. Lambright said. “I believe that if Riverbay starts to do that and the community as a whole starts to do that, then the effect will be amazing,” he explained. “And I have started to see that happen in Co-op City so I can’t say that we are the initiator of that effort, but we will certainly support it wholeheartedly,” Mr. Lambright added. Mr. Lambright was recently ordained a minster and has worked over the years

as a life coach. Within the Co-op City community, he has taken on volunteer leadership roles, including past president of his building association, a member of the Riverbay Election Committee who was moderated the recently-held successful candidates’ forums and he also was a candidate for the Riverbay Board in years past. “I am also the father of four fantastic individuals,” Mr. Lambright added. “I am a very lucky person because I have learned so much from my kids and they have humbled me and kept me grounded. Sometimes, when my ego gets too big, they are the first ones to tell me ‘Dad, you are great, but you are just Kevin Lambright. Remember that.’ They remind me of who I am and that really helps me as I strive to make my work here not about me, but about the community.”

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and collaborated with Francine and some of the other members of the association to get some ideas on moving forward and advancing, not just the membership, but the mindset of the community. Co-op City is a multi-cultural community even though there is a large African-American population and we have been known to strategically partner with other organizations in the community and I really want to expand on that.” Lambright said that his project includes working closely with the Coalition of African American Churches and Community Organizations whose mission is to do just that, bring all the organizations together for a united purpose. “Francine has done a great job at expanding the programs of the association over the past nine years, especially in the area of health and educa-


Leslie Peterson

Director’s Viewpoint

tion for adults, as well as young people, and we plan on continuing all of that, but structure them differently to make sure that everyone works together on promoting the overall goals of the community. We want to give the community more than what they expect. We want to over-deliver,” Mr. Lambright explained. “This organization is in place not so that the people can support the organization, but rather that the organization supports the people, and one of the ways we look to do that is to reach out to all the people and the families and bring things to the monthly meetings, such as celebrating birthdays for the month for members at all our meetings,” Mr. Lambright explained. He added that he would like to see the organization expand on practical, everyday education programs, such as

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“When my son entered Truman as a freshman, I enrolled him into the JROTC as a way of keeping him focused and disciplined,” said Rigo, pointing out that his daughter too attended Truman and upon her graduation, she joined the Air Force. “In my wildest imagination, I never thought he would gravitate to it in the manner that he has. Justin plans on joining the US Military upon his graduation. I could not be prouder of my children. To decide to join the Armed Forces to help preserve our way of life is extraordinary and courageous.” “We’ve seen what a change this

program has made in Justin’s life,” said Brenda. “He does community service, he’s constantly doing something for the program. This is a fantastic group of kids and there’s very little funding for them. They have to sell things to raise money for their activities.” The Toro’s said that all monies raised will again go directly to the Truman JROTC. T-shirts can be custom designed at with the Air Force eagle. “We need to sell one hundred tshirts by Sept. 29th,” said Rigo. “Please open your hearts and support our future soldiers.”

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Organ Enrollment Day to be Held on October 6 Health News

New York is faced with a troubling statistic: the state ranks last of all 50 states in the country in percentage of residents registered as organ donors. With just 25% of New Yorkers enrolled in the registry, the state is well below the national average of 50%. This contributes to a troubling fact: every 18 hours, a New Yorker dies waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. To help move New York out of last place, LiveOnNY, formerly New York Organ Donor Network, is launching the first-ever Organ Donor Enrollment Day. This inaugural event is being held with one goal in mind: to enroll as many willing New Yorkers as possible as organ donors in a single eighthour day. Enrollment Day will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at a number of Montefiore campuses throughout the Bronx and lower Westchester. Organ Donor Enrollment Day presents New Yorkers with the opportunity to rally together and Defensive driving returns October 10 Black Forum defensive driving course will be on Saturday, October 10 in Room 1, Dreiser Community Cen-ter, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lower your liability insurance cost by 10% and remove up to 4 points from your driver’s license. Please make your check in the amount of $35, payable to “the Black Forum of Co-op City,” and mail to P.O. Box 563, Bronx, N.Y. 10475 at least 1½ weeks before the class, or you can walk in on the day of the class but you must have $35 in cash to pay for the course. Black Forum Aerobics and Zumba It’s time to get in shape, get healthy and feel healthy. Aerobics classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays, Zumba on Thursday. Classes are in the Dreiser Aud., 7:30 p.m. To register, please call (718)

Rivers Run Community Garden

Today at noon, we will have our monthly meeting in the garden. Hope to see you there. Just before the rains came again, families painted beautiful sunflowers on canvas with Artist, Valerie Gunn, at the “Grow Your Creativity on a Sunday Afternoon” workshop. Thank you, Valerie, for bringing these joyous moments of color on an otherwise dreary day. Session 2 was rained out, however, folks still came with umbrella up and mud at their feet hoping for their chance to be creative. For these people and anyone else looking for a creative outlet, we will be providing part 2 of the “Grow Your Creativity on a Sunday Afternoon” workshop on Sunday, September 20th at 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Class will be held in the mediation area of Rivers Run Community Garden, located on Co-op City Blvd, next to the baseball field. If it rains, class will be held at Building 13’s association room, located at 100 Casals Place. We would like to express a very special thank you to a new friend of the garden, who donated several beautiful items last Sunday. She also ventured out on a rainy day to deliver charming planters and more. The garden is open on Tuesday (4 p.m. – dusk), Wednesday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Friday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), weather permitting. There are lots of opportunities for members and volunteers at the garden so stop by, grab a tool and get dirty, or just come by and take a stroll. If you’d like to reach out to us, please email us at or call Denise Shelley at 917232-2982 or me at 718-671-3801. See you soon. —Gail Sharbaan

save lives. In fact, one organ donor can save up to eight lives. More than 120,000 people are on the nation’s organ transplant waiting list and about 10% of them are in New York State. “There is a dire need for more New Yorkers to sign up as organ donors to save the lives of others,” said Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D., chief of the Division of Transplantation and director of Abdominal Transplantation at Montefiore Medical Center. “Despite New Yorkers’ support for donation, we are still well below the national average for registered donors.” Open Enrollment Day locations include: Moses campus: 111 E. 210 St. Einstein campus: 1825 Eastchester Rd. Wakefield campus: 600 E. 233 St. Montefiore Mount Vernon: 12 North Seventh Ave., Mt. Vernon, NY Working closely with transplant centers and

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320-8035. Nominal fee for each class. Cooking classes coming If you enjoy cooking or would like to learn how to prepare healthy meals for yourself and/or your family, please give contact us at (718) 320-8035. Harrah’s Casino & Golden Corral Buffet We are going to Harrah’s Casino and Golden Corral for all you can eat on Saturday, September 26. Cost is $65. Two payments, first one due on July 31 in the amount of $35; Second payment of $30 due August 28. No refunds. Call (718) 320-0033 or (917) 209-5334. Food distribution sites On Thursdays, residents of Build-ings 27, 28, 29, 32 and 33 must pick up food at the New Vision Church, 115 Einstein Loop, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Likewise, residents of Building 26, 30, 31, 34 and 35 must go to the Evangelical Church, 2350 Palmer Avenue, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursdays to pick up food. For information, please call (718) 320-8035. Male volunteers needed If you are a male 20 years of age and older or retired and live in the Dreiser Loop or DeKruif Place

hospitals, LiveOnNY coordinates kidney, liver, eye and tissue donation for transplant in the New York region, educates the public and health care professionals about donation and transplantation and promotes the importance of signing up on the New York State Donate Life Registry. Find out how you can be a part of this life-saving day at www. or by contacting Leo Trevino at 718-920-4285, (Health News is provided by Montefiore Medical Center.)

area preferably, and can volunteer with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, also standby and on call, please call (718) 320-8035. Emergency Food Program We are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Room 20 in the Dreiser Center. Also, due to budget constraints and shortage of available food, you must live within zip code 10475 to participate in this program. You must also have your card with you and bring two clean plastic shopping bags. Please also have your current photo ID, such as a non or driver’s license or any photo ID card with proof of address. You will then be issued a card in order to pick up food in the future. We Need You - Join Us Today Membership is $5 per year/person. Call (718) 3208035 or write to Black Forum, P.O. Box 563, Bronx, NY 10475; email: coopcityblackforum@ or tonyshome10475@gmail. com. Help us keep independent comm-unity organizations alive in Co-op City. Everyone is encouraged to join. Call or visit us, Room 20 in the Dreiser Community Center. —Tony Illis

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Faith In God Church & Bible Institute

Rev. Dr. Gladys R. Little, Apostle, and Pastor & Evangelist Vernon Little greet everyone in the name of Jesus, that name which is above every name. We want you to know that you are welcome in this house of the Lord! It is His house by ownership: it is our house by stewardship: and it can be your house by membership; so come on in and join with us. May God bless you in this house! The love of our Father enables us to be patient and kind. In His Son He has given us the ultimate example and

means of loving one another forever. Let's look at Scripture to support this. Ephesians 4:29-5:2 says: 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful in building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with

every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5:1 Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Invitations Sweet Hour of Prayer is today at 3 p.m. Sunday School is tomorrow at 10

Our new season began on September 15, and we hope your creative juices are yearning for release. As people have seen in the past, you will derive much pleasure from your artwork. Our 2015-2016 season portends to be one of the most exciting in our history – with art classes, art shows, lecture/ demonstrations and workshops, free and open to the public. BVA’s classes begin on Tuesday, September 15 in Room 5, Dreiser Community Center. You can choose from the 2 class schedules which are 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. –

5:30 p.m. The fees are as follows: Annual membership is $35 a year and a session of 10 classes is $60. This is the best bargain in the Bronx – maybe even the city – given the quality of instruction offered. Mr. Moses Groves, BVA’s own art instructor, will be the artistic guide for these classes. Mr. Groves is an accomplished artist who has studied at the Art Students League and NYU. He has exhibited work in the New York and New Jersey area and has won awards for his artwork. This year, we are adding a mosaics

class. You will learn to make beautiful designs with glass and create a finished product. Pat O’Connell is the instructor who will teach you the art of mosaic designs. There will be 5 classes beginning on Thursday, Oct. 1st and go through Thursday, Oct. 29th from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The price for the class is $45. If you are interested in taking these classes, you can call M. Groves at 201862-0847 or S. Lochansky at 718-3791049, or you can register by mail by indicating the class time desired. Tuition can be sent to Baychester Visual Arts, P.

O. Box 678, Co-op City Station, Bronx, NY 10475. BVA is a non-profit, self-supporting organization that needs your support to continue offering high level art instruction at these bargain prices. So come join BVA on this fabulous artistic trek, take a class, make a donation, -- tax deductible, and feel the satisfaction of being a creator and/or patron of the arts. All checks should be made out as indicated above. Science is for the body and art is for the soul. —Sylvia Lochansky

Theatre Committee: (*price includes transportation): ● Fri., Nov. 20th, 11:00 a.m. show. Price: $69. RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. $35 deposit to hold seat. NOTE: a few seats still available traveling by Lorants Coach Bus. FINAL PAYMENT due Thurs., Oct. 7th, SIP. Come join in the fun. Contact:

Ione Edwards, 718-379-7756. ● Thurs., March 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m. show. Price: $117. COLOR PURPLE. Jacob Theatre. $50 deposit required. Balance and final payment due Thurs., Oct. 15TH, SIP. Contact: Eleanor Barlow, 718-324-7847 Good and Welfare Those of you still under the weather,

know that you are thought of warmly and wished brighter days. Call Josephine Flowers, 718-320-0539, regarding illnesses and bereavements. Remember – A DEPOSIT, along with your name and telephone number, is required to reserve your trip &/or theatre seat. No deposit, no seat guarantee. Check/money order addressed to

RETIREES OF DREISER LOOP. Committee members will be available in Dreiser clubroom 19 (718-3790377) on Mondays and/or Thursdays, 2:30-5:00 p.m. “I’m entering the “Metallic Years,” — Silver in my Hair, Gold in my teeth, and Lead in my Bottom!” —Claudette Davis

Can you believe summer is almost over and it is time for us to get back to our business? We hope that your summer was filled with everything you wanted and more as we prepare for our next season to come. Fall can be as wonderful as any other time of the year, so let us think about the joy of each day that is given to us and live it to the fullest. Section 5 did a great thing to end the festivities of the season with a FUN DAY for all. So grateful to our associations that got this day off and running with the many volunteers in their green

shirts, from all of our buildings. Thanks to all the vendors that donated the water and hot dogs, pizza and thanks for having farm animals brought to us by our well known Section 5 barber for our children to enjoy and pet. We all were privy to a junior football game before all festivities started and what a joy to watch all the teams play their game. Our Bldg. 31 was able to donate notebooks and folders and pens, highlighters and calculators and markers and some of the crochet items from our knit and crochet group that meet

Mondays in our meeting room. We hope you enjoyed your day with us and look forward to seeing all of you next year at this fun day. We also were given access to the shredding truck which was a successful part of the day thanks to AARP and Assemblyman Springer who coordinated that event. We also appreciated Rep. Benedetto for stopping by and financially gifting our cause as well. We are fortunate to have some politicians getting involved in not only the political aspect, but the fun aspect as well which makes for a wellrounded community.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. is the first general meeting and our president, R. Hedgepeth, has invited the Board of Director President Cleve Taylor to that meeting. Please come out and greet him and bring your questions that we can’t answer, but surely he will. Don’t just wonder what’s going on in Co-op, come out and ask someone who sits at the head of the table and should be able to clarify all your inquiries. Looking forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas for our association. —Marilyn McDaniel

Building Association Dues: We will begin collecting building dues soon, so please make sure you stop and see us. EVERY UNIT that pays their building dues will be entered into a raffle for a gift card. Building association dues are $8/yr. for each apartment. Just a reminder, the bulk of the money fundraised and collected by this association goes to the men and women who help maintain this building, the porters, lobby attendant, and USPS mail carrier. The rest of money goes to chipping in with Section 5 Fun Day, replacement of lobby decora-

tions, and it also goes to helping with building parties that we host. In the past, this building used to award a scholarship, but we need more residents to participate and pay association dues in order to get those extra things off the ground. Football Sunday Week 2! We had a good time last week. We caught a few people by surprise at the size of the screen and the surround sound that we were enjoying the games with. Come on down tomorrow for another Football Sunday! Week 2 has some great games on tap. Residents

from other buildings are welcome, so if you are reading this and would like to join us, come on by. We would love to have you – Sunday, Sept. 20th; doors opening up at 12:30 p.m. Upcoming meetings: General building meeting, Tuesday at 7 p.m. on September 29th. If NYC was hit with an emergency and you and your family had to shelter in place for 2-3 days with no power... would you be able to? Make sure you are READY and keep working at being proactive. Don't wait until an emergency hits to start getting pre-

pared. Be Proactive; not Reactive. Our deepest condolences to the family of Paul Young, resident of Building 33. May God be with you in this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers for any other of our sick and shut-in neighbors. Get well soon. We have a Facebook page: Building 33 Association. We also have a website: and you can email us at:, you can also call or text our Building 33 Hotline number, 347-746-0608. —Tobias Garcia

Baychester Visual Arts Association

Retirees of Dreiser Loop

Building 31 Association

Building 33 Association

a.m. Our Sunday Morning Worship Service is at 11 a.m. Every 3rd Sunday following the morning worship, we serve Holy Communion. If you’re into gospel rap/holy hip-hop, go to and download music from Vernon Little free of charge. He also has videos on YouTube. You will be blessed, encouraged, and inspired. We are located at 171 Dreiser Loop in Section 1. Our phone # is (347) 2764925. Jesus loves you, and so do we. —Apostle Gladys R. Little

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Activities in Room 49 unless otherwise noted

Activities in Room 7 unless otherwise noted

Mon., Sept. 21

Word Games 9:30-11am Bingo 12:30-2:00 p.m. Arthritis Exercises 11 a.m. -noon Library 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Weight Management 10 11:30 a.m., Bartow Office Tablet class 1st & 3rd; Cell Phone Class 2nd & 4th; 12:40-1:40pm, Bartow Office Bereavement Counseling 2 pm, Rm. 25, Card Games 2-4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m.

Library 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Line Dancing 10-11 a.m., Rm. 45 Around The Lunch Table 11:30 a.m. Word Search 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Bingo 1-3 p.m., Rm. 35 Pokeno 3-4 p.m., Rm. 35 Diabetes Support Group 2nd Monday of the month, 1 p.m.

Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30-10:30 a.m. Stay Well Exercise 1011am, Rm. 2 Mind Teasers 12-1pm, Rm 4 Diabetes Support Group 1 p.m. – Last Monday of the month Gentle Yoga 1:15-2 p.m., Rm 2 Basic Cell Phone & iPad Training 1:30-2:30 p.m. Intermediate Yoga 2-3 p.m.

Word Games 9:3011:30 a.m. Current Events 10 a.m. Health Current Events Club 10 a.m., Bartow office Bingo 12:30-2 p.m. Walking Club 10:3011:30 a.m. Caregiver Support Group 1 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tues Card Games 2-4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 23

Bartow, Activities in Room 31 unless otherwise noted

Tues., Sept. 22

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Thurs., Sept. 24

Library 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Word Games 9:3011:30 a.m. Chat Session 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bingo 12:30- 2 p.m. Card Games 2-4 p.m. Dominoes 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Line Dancing

Fri., Sept. 25

9 -10am

Dominoes 10 a.m. Tai Chi 11 a.m., Rm. 45 Matinee Movie 10 a.m.-noon, Rm. 45 Pokeno 1-3 p.m., Rm. 35

Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:30-10:30 a.m. Alert & Alive 10:30– 11:30 a.m. Cultural Dance 10:30– 11:30 a.m., Aud. B Mind Teasers 12-1 p.m., Rm. 4 Zumba 1-2 p.m., Aud. A Afternoon Movies 1:003:00pm



Dominoes 10 a.m., Rm. 45 Stay Well Exercise 10-11 a.m., Rm. 45 Spelling Bee 11 a.m. Grandparent Connection 1st & 3rd Thurs. computer lab, 10:30 a.m. Arthritis Exercise Class 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Rm. 45 Word search 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Pokeno 1-3 p.m., Rm. 35

Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 9:3010:30 a.m. Blood Pressure 1011:30 a.m., 1st & 3rd Thu., Rm. 8 Line Dancing 10-11 a.m., Aud. A Piano Sing Along 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Mind Teasers 12-1 p.m., Rm. 4 Drama Club 1:30–4 p.m.

Dominoes 10am, Rm. 45 Crochet & Knitting

Word Games

Art 10am, Rm. 45


Bingo 1pm

Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session

Card Games 2-4pm

9:30-10: 11am-12:00pm

Rm. 25

Blood Pressure 2nd & 4th Friday 10:00 -

Meditative Moments 11 a.m.–12 noon, Rm. 8 Mind Teasers 12pm-

Piano Sing-along

11:30am, Rm. 45

1:00pm, Rm. 4

Bingo 1-3pm, Rm. 35

Card Games, Dominoes

Women’s Line Dancing 10-11:30am

Chat Session 10am Bingo 12:30-2:30pm


Card Games 2-4pm Dominoes 2:30pm



Pokeno 3-4pm, Rm. 35 (Schedule subject to change without notice)

Fee for lunch is $2.00 & $4.00 for guest *Menu subject to change without notice. Alternate Kosher Meals are also available

ALL meals served w/margarine and fresh milk Bartow Center (718) 320-2066, Ext. 2010 Dreiser Center (718) 320-1345 • Einstein Center (718) 671-5161

For information, please call: (718) 320-2066

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




Soups, Breads and Desserts

Alternate Kosher Meals are also available

Orange pineapple juice

Mon., Stuffed cabbage w/beef Sept. Green beans w/tomato Mashed sweet potatoes 21 Alt: Egg salad

Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice) Yellow rice Romaine avocado onion salad

Whole wheat bread Healthy wildberry & applesauce

Orange juice Chicken Piccata Tues, Spanish style beef stew Mauzone toasted barley Baby carrots w/parsley Sept. & onion Garlic mashed potatoes 22 Sautéed zucchini

Whole wheat bread Canned apricots

Alt: Tuna salad

Wed., Sept. 23




Thurs., Sept. 24

Orange pineapple juice Breaded Tilapia fish fillet, Brown rice w/mushrooms Steamed carrots Alt: Baked turkey breast

Pork spare ribs Baked sweet potato Broccoli w/toasted garlic

Whole wheat bread Fresh fruit

Fri., Sept. 25

Orange juice Baked chicken legs Roasted potatoes Sautéed spinach Alt: Gefilte fish

Pineapple glazed Salmon Orzo w/vegetables Brussels sprouts & kale sauté

Challah bread Fresh fruit

Upcoming Events/Trips

There will be no refunds for all trips. All trips include roundtrip transportation! All trips must be paid in advance - No exceptions. Trip registration policy: You can register for all trips starting the Monday after it has been published in the newspaper JASA will be closed Wednesday, September 23rd. (FREE) LiveOn NY - SCRIE Application Assistance/SNAP (food stamps) Medicare Savings Program & Medicaid: Friday, September 25th. Bring documents that verify the following: Government issued ID, address/affidavit, and total household income (such as 2015 Social Security award letter which will include monthly or yearly benefits, 2014 pension letter, 2014 income tax returns & maintenance/carrying charge receipt), 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. First come, first served! Walking Club – Starting Tuesday, September 22nd, the walking club time has been changed 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aldi – Thursday, September 24th, $2, Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser, 10 a.m. 1½ hours (waiting list only). Super Wal-Mart – Friday, September 25th, $15, Bartow, 8:30 a.m.; Einstein, 8:45 a.m. & Dreiser, 9 a.m. (waiting list only). Tanger Outlet Mall (Deer Park) – Friday, September 25th, $18; Bartow – 8:30 a.m., Einstein – 8:45 a.m. & Dreiser – 9 a.m. (waiting list only). Empire Casino – Wednesday, September 30th, $5; Bartow - 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser, 10 a.m. (waiting list only). We are having a Party! Join us in a Birthday Brunch Celebration, Wednesday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bartow Center, Room 31. Entertainment by DJ James (from Everything Cover). Menu: danish, muffins, fruit and cheese platter, pancakes, French toast, egg omelet, chicken fingers, roasted potatoes, potato croquettes, buffalo and BBQ wings, bite size eggplant rolatine, dessert, coffee and tea; raffles and much more! $3 donation Starting Thursday, October 1st, Damien, the arthritis instructor, will be offering instructions in the correct usage of the LifeTrail fitness equipment on the Co-

op City Greenway for 5 Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. Meet behind Building 10, 100 Debs Pl., at the purple LifeTrail station. Target @ Throggs Neck Mall, Friday, October 2nd, $2; Bartow - 9:30 a.m., Einstein - 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser – 10 a.m. Angelika Film Center – Friday, October 2nd, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at West Houston Street. Movie & pick-up times, TBA. Stew Leonard’s – Monday, October 5th; Bartow - 9:30 a.m., Einstein - 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser – 10 a.m. (waiting list only). Fairway – Thursday, October – 8th; Bartow - 8:30 a.m., Einstein - 8:45 a.m. & Dreiser – 9 a.m. (waiting list only). Oktoberfest @ the Brownstone – Friday, October 9th; $70. Fantastic Alex Meixner & his band of Grammy award nominated musicians put on an incomparable display of musical virtuosity. Combine this with beautiful Alys Schaffer dancers; authentic German bell ringing; 2 complimentary drinks. Menu: warm rolls, fresh garden salad, cream of mushroom soup, knockwurst, roast chicken, roasted potatoes, string beans almandine, dessert, coffee, tea, decaf & soda. Pick-ups; Bartow – 8:15 a.m., Einstein – 8:30 a.m. & Dreiser – 8:45 a.m. Depart Brownstone at 4 p.m. Transportation: Deluxe 46 seat Coach bus, boutique shopping all day, door prizes & 50–50- drawing. Empire Casino – Friday, October 9th; $5; Bartow - 9:30 a.m., Einstein - 9:45 a.m. & Dreiser – 10 a.m. 911 Museum Tour – Monday, October 12th; $20. Self-guided tour starts at 10:30; Bartow – 8 a.m., Einstein – 8:15 a.m. & Dreiser – 8:30 a.m. Derfner Judaica Museum-Hebrew Home Riverdale – Tuesday, October 13th, $2 (box lunch included). Pick-ups: Bartow – 9 a.m., Einstein - 9:15 a.m. and Dreiser - 9:30 a.m. Kinky Boots Broadway show – Wednesday, October 21st; $55. Show starts at 2 p.m. sharp! No elevator in the theater, only stairs (only 17 seats available). Pick-up times: Bartow – 12 p.m.; Einstein - 12:15 p.m. & Dreiser – 12:30 p.m. Please Note: As per the theater rules, tickets are sold as a group and are considered a final sale. There will be no refunds! (waiting list only).

Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015


AARP Chapter #4997

Reminder: Last chance to get in on the big Raffle Drawing to be held on Wednesday, September 30th at 12 p.m. in the AARP Office, Room “O,” Dreiser Community Center. Stella will be in the office Thursday, 9/17, & Friday, 9/18, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; and Tuesday, 9/22, through Thursday, 9/24, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Once again, with the sponsorship of Blue Sky Travel, we will be raffling off an evening for two on the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, October 3. Raffle tickets are $5. To our sick, on the mend and shut-in members, and those bereaved members, please know that you are in our prayers. Contact Frances Wilson, Good & Welfare Coordinator, 718671-5493. 2015 Tour Activities October 13 – Share Fall Foliage w/us at Mt. Airy Lodge – Musical group “The Marcels” will perform; all you can eat buffet at the casino, $75/person. Contact Jean, 718-3793742. October 30 - November 13 – Autumn Repositioning 15-day Cruise on the Norwegian Dawn, WAITING LIST ONLY. Deluxe Motorcoach to Boston, MA to board the ship going to San Juan, PR; Bonaire Curacao and Aruba; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown in Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; returning to New Orleans, LA to fly back to New York. Contact Jean, 718-379-3742. December 5 – A Christmas Show at the Evangelical Cathedral – w/a visit to Maryland Live Casino and


shopping; followed by supper at the Golden Coral, $150/person. Initial deposit of $50 (a.s.a.p.) w/2 additional payments of $50 each. Contact Jean, 718-379-3742. December 30 – January 1, 2016 – Royal New Year’s Eve Gala at the Desmond, stopping at the Sands Casino w/shopping in Bethlehem, PA; then to the hotel w/dinner and a show; next day choice of sightseeing, shopping at King of Prussia Mall or activities at the hotel; New Year’s Eve cocktail party w/5 hour open bar; a show and a Surf & Turf dinner; midnight Royal Champaign Toast; before leaving next day, a Mimosa Brunch w/a show and dancing. $559/double; $669/ single and $549/triple. Trip insurance available. Contact Jean, 718-3793742. 2016 Tour Activities March 28 - 29, 2016 – Sampson: the Strongest Man who ever the Sight & Sound Theater; w/a stop at the Sands Casino, 2 days/1 night; $293/double; $341/single; $277/triple. Contact Jean, 718-379-3742, for additional information. May 28 – June 8, 2016 – Alaska Cruise Tour (ISLAND PRINCESS), 11 days/10 nights; Air—Land—Rail—Sea from Anchorage (Alaska) through Denali National Park; sail 7 days; see Glacier Bay-Skagway; Juneau; Kelchikan; fly home from Vancouver, BC. Book before September 30, $100/ deposit required (price increase after that date). Contact Jean, 718-379-3742. —Delores Debnam

Einstein Cancer Fund

Baychester Library Events VISIT THE LIBRARY - A GREAT WEALTH OF INFORMATION Upcoming Events Teen Program - Mondays, 3:30 p.m.; Hour of Code, Sept. 21 Knitting - Monday, 5 p.m.; Every skill level, Sept. 28 Toddler Time - Tuesdays, 11 a.m.; Sept. 22, Slumber Party! Teen Tech Time - Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Teen Program - Monday, 3:30 p.m.; Origami Hour, Wednesday, Sept. 23 Tech Connect - Wednesdays, September 23 (Excel) 5-6:30 p.m.; No Tech Connect, Thurs. September 24; September 30 (Excel) 5-6:30 p.m.; Music Appreciation - Wednesday, September 30, All Day Teen Program - Monday, 3:30 p.m.; Origami Hour, Click On - Fridays, 10:30 a.m.; MS Word, Sept. 25 Kids Program - Fridays, 3:30 p.m.; Junior Explorers: Exploring Bubbles, Sept. 25 Film - Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sept. 19, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The New York Public Library Baychester Branch • 2049 Asch Loop • Bronx, NY 10475 (Fully Wheelchair Accessible) HOURS: Monday & Wednesday, 10-7; Tuesday & Thursday, 10-6; Friday & Saturday, 10-5. Libros En Español (Books in Spanish). HORARIO DE LA BIBLIOTECA: Lunes 10-7, Martes 10-6, Miércoles 10-7, Jueves 106, Viernes 10-5, Sábado 10-5, Domingo Cerrado.


We wish everyone a happy Rosh Hashana. Monday, October 12, Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, $33 per person. Casino bonus $15 bets, and $15 food voucher. Time of pick-up: 8:30 a.m. starting at Einstein Loop, followed by Asch Loop and then Dreiser Loop. There will be a 2-day trip to Sight & Sound theatre for the showing of

Sampson, on May 10 & 11, 2016. Details will follow. Our annual luncheon has been postponed for the time being. For information on the above, call Lydia at (718) 671-0335. Please call to all who are homebound or in nursing homes for their healings and good health. As usual, good health to all. —Lydia Ruas

Goose Island Seniors

Wednesday, Sept. 23 is Yom Kippur, no Bingo that day. We will be closed. On September 27, Sunday Bingo will be played in Room 39 at 1:30 p.m. All are invited. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided. September 29, we will be going to the Sands Casino. Price is $33, return $20 slot play, $5 towards food. Please remember your picture ID. Pick-up time: 8 a.m. On October 14, we’re going to the Westchester Broadway Theatre to see the iconic musical Showboat. The price is $80. We still have seats avail-

able. To make it easier for some, checks are not deposited immediately. Pick-up time is 9 a.m. Includes a selection of 6 entrees, salad, dessert, coffee or tea. Designated pick-up spots are always the same: Einstein Loop. Asch Loop and Dreiser Loop. Call us at (718) 379-9613, we’re located at 135 Einstein Loop, Room 39. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Leave a message, including phone number, we will get back to you. Good news! Mary Pilla is finally home. Good health to all. —Ann Schlanger

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Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

Evangelical Church of Co-op City – UMC Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds

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 phone number is (718) 320-3795, and leave a message if there is no answer. Note the New Changes in Time: Sunday Services – The first Sunday of the month is a bilingual service with communion at 11:30 a.m. Each Sunday, the English Service is at 11:30 a.m. and the Spanish Service is at 1:15 p.m. Children: Sunday School time

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. Church Schedule Sunday School - 9:00 a.m. (begins Sunday, September 20th. Registration on September 13th.) Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Communion Service - Every first and third Sundays Prayer Meeting and Bible Study – Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The following programs are at the Church’s Annex: 2053 Asch Loop North (Co-op City) Morning Prayer Services - Tuesday, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Neighborhood Bible Study - Thursday at 10 a.m. Extension of Prayer and Worship Service – Every first, second and third Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Sunday School classes will begin on Sunday, September 20, at 9:00 a.m. We are excited about starting a new Sunday School year. Sunday School is really a part of our history and because someone cared and was concerned enough, many of us benefitted and know its value. In Sunday School, in a nurturing Christian education environment, an opportunity is provided for children to learn about the Bible, to grow in grace, to show love and respect for one another and to live more abundant lives. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) Children attending Sunday School are served breakfast after classes are over. We encourage you to bring your child, children or grandchildren to Sunday School and we look forward to seeing you. Other Scheduled Events Saturday, October 10th, the Sepia Players Ministry presents the play THE BINGO HALL, written by Roosevelt Wright III, at the church. Donation: $20. For additional information and or tickets, contact (718) 513-3308, (718) 671-5961 or (718) 671-8691. Saturday, October 17th, 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. – Enjoy a great evening of entertainment at the South Carolina Committee’s Annual Black and White Affair in Dreiser Auditorium, 177 Dreiser Loop, Co-op City. Music by DJ Jimmy Pressley. Ticket: $25 in advance (no tickets sold at door) available by calling (718) 379-8514; (718) 671-5493, (718) 671-0231. The Women’s Guild invites you to join us on our Christmas/New Year Extravaganza, December 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016. A fantastic 12-night Southern Caribbean cruise aboard the magnificent QUEEN MARY 2, departing from New York, Red Hook in Brooklyn. Ports of Call: St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie; St. Kitts, Basseterre; St. Lucia, Castries; St. Maarten, Phillipsburg; Tortola, Road Town. To make a reservation or for additional information about the cruise, please call (718) 320-1435 or (718) 671-5961. 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

will change and we will keep you informed. Prayer Night (English) & Prayer Morning (Spanish): The Lord said, “Whenever two or more are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.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. Crescendo Christian Music School: Are you interested in learning how to play an instrument or sing, come join the music school. Piano, guitar, drums, violin, voice and other instruments. Registration for the fall season is here and cost is very reasonable.

Registration is free. Call Maestro Frank Colon, (917) 753-3644, to set up a time to come and register. Students range in age from 5 years to 100. Trip to Lancaster Pa.: On Friday, December 18, we are going to Sight & Sound Theater to see Miracle of Christmas. Also included in the trip is shopping at Rockville Square Mall and Dinner at Shady Maple. Transportation is included. The cost is $140/person and $100 for children 12 and under. A deposit of $75 deposit is required when making reservations. Call Barbara at (347) 603-7473. If no answer, leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Remember, seats are going fast and we have very few available. —Barbara Penn

Newsong Church

Have you ever had a question about God, the church, or our culture that you wanted to ask a pastor about or hear addressed in a sermon? Well now is your chance! This month’s teaching series is called, "You asked for it!" Over the past two weeks, we've answered the questions "Can you lose your salvation?" and "Are we living in the end times?" These teachings are available free of charge on our website. This Sunday, we're going to answer the question, "Can you drink, smoke weed & still be a Christian?" If you've ever wondered what the Bible says about these subjects, please join us this Sunday! Here's what you can expect when you come to our Worship Experience! Newsong Church is a multi-cultural church that believes God has a purpose and a plan for your life. We exist to reach people who are far away from God, and teach them how to follow Jesus step by step. That's why you will find our Sunday Worship Experience to be so warm and friendly, we genuinely care about you! We're not concerned about where you've been, but where you're going; we've all got a past. When you step into our worship experience, you won't find a bunch of "Holier-than-thou" people pretending to have it all together. Instead, you'll find that we're all broken people, but we're allowing God to put us back together. We're not perfect, but God is! As God puts us back together, we're realizing that although our past has shaped us, it does not define us! We're finding out that not only does God love us with a radical and uncondi-

tional love, but that He loves us just as we are! At Newsong Church, we believe that the Bible is the greatest book ever written, containing the greatest story ever told, and that each of us is part of His-story! In fact, we have a saying at our church: "If you're not dead, God's not done with you!" We don't just believe this for the adults, but for our children as well! At Newsong Church, we're so passionate about our children learning about Jesus, that we created a church just for them called Kidsong! At Kidsong, our children learn about Jesus in a safe, fun, age-appropriate learning environment! We also have a fully staffed nursery! We hope that you will join us this Sunday! We meet at 177 Dreiser Loop in Auditorium B at 11:00 a.m. Parking is available in the parking garage located on Dreiser Loop. Please bring your ticket to our connection tent for validation. Deaf interpretation is available during our adult worship experience. If you have any questions, you can contact us: Church Office: 140 Alcott Place, Bldg.19. Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Phone: 718-708-8385. Website:; Email: info You can also interact with us on social media! Facebook:; Twitter: @newsongchurchBX; Instagram:@newsong churchBX. Our Newsong family is here for you, stop by this Sunday and experience the difference! God bless you! —Pastor Mike Tolone

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Church of the New Vision


Pastor Anne L. Palmore and the congregation of the Church of the New Vision extend a warm and friendly invitation to everyone to worship with us every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. We are a church where inspirational messages from the Word of God, the Bible, are delivered every Sunday morning. The church is designed to meet the spiritual needs of our community by offering anointed singing and preaching, and a general atmosphere of Christian love and friendly hospitality. We also invite the youth of our community to attend our Sunday Morning services, starting at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School designed to meet the spiritual needs of our young people. Parents, please send your children to learn of the Lord Jesus.

Bible teaching from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Prayer Service from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Wednesday evening. Be with us to learn the Truth from the Word of God. List of Events What's your shoe size? We are having a Building Fund Shoe Rally during the months of July and August. Everyone can participate in this spirit fun-filled event: men, women and children, from the youngest to the oldest. All you have to do to participate is donate an amount equal to your shoe size. (i.e., if you wear a size 5, your donation would be $5, and so on, whatever your shoe size). Cash and check donation are accepted. (Make all checks payable to Church of the New Vision). For more information, see any

member on the Pantry Ministry. Save The Date September 26th – The Men’s Fellowship 4th Annual Concert. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. September 27th – The Men’s Fellowship will celebrate their 21st Anniversary during the 11 a.m. service. All are welcomed to celebrate the Joy of the Lord! Please join us as we celebrate the Pastor’s birthday and Anniversary on Sunday, October 18th during the 11 a.m. service. Lunch will be served immediately after the service. The Building Fund Banquet will be celebrated on Saturday, November 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Seashore Restaurant in City Island. Tickets are: Adults $55, children 12 and under, $25.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 Spiritual Food For Thought: It is God’s desire to see you walk in truth. Righteousness, obedience, and freedom require the ability to know the truth. Deception can only come when you do not love the truth. Just because you believe something does not make it true, and your faith cannot work in deception. The standard is God’s word and your relationship with Him. Be honest and true. On behalf of Pastors Boyce and

Carol Landrum and the Greater Love family, we welcome and invite you to fellowship with us. Greater Love is a teaching, preaching, tithing, faith and Bible way ministry. We believe that the blueprint for a church that pleases God is: Bible Study, Fellowship, and Prayer (Acts 2:42). These vital elements make up the function and life at Greater Love Church. We are conveniently located at 900 Co-op City Blvd. (Bldg. 2A), on the ground level, Bronx, N.Y., 10475; main entrance red button. Free parking is available in Garage #1 on Darrow Place. Greater Love’s Women’s Fellowship,

in partnership with the Virtuous Women Ministry of the Ever Living Waters Ministries in Brooklyn, New York will participate in their 2nd annual Women’s Retreat at Eddy Farm in Sparrowbush, New York from Friday, Sept. 25th to Sunday, Sept. 27th. This year’s theme is “What Are You Hiding Behind Your Veil?”2 Corinthians 3:12-18. Pastor Carol Landrum will be one of the guest speakers. To God be the glory for this blessed event! Weekly Schedule Church phone: 347-920-5607; e-mail: Sunday Bible School 10:00 a.m.

(sharp) Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion – First Sunday Adult Bible Study/Discipleship Class: Tuesday evenings, 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting: Wednesday Afternoon, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Training for Service - A Survey of the Bible: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Deacon Training: 2nd & 4th Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Family Movie Nite (3rd Friday) Friday Youth Night & Bible Study (Date: TBA) —Pastor Carol Landrum

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Co-op City Branch #2210 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 753111, Einstein Station, Bronx, NY 10475 President: Jerome Rice Office telephone: (718) 320-3210 Address: 135 Einstein Loop Community Center, Room 36th Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/ Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mission Statement: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial equality and racial discrimination. Save The Dates September 19 – Tonight! COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD DANCE – Honorees: Eugene Hawkins, Leo Johnson, Mary Love and Colette Mills. 135

Einstein Community Center, Room 45. Music by DJ Woody, BYOBB, 9 p.m. 2 a.m., donation $35. All welcomed. September 27, Sunday at 3 p.m. Membership meeting – All welcomed. October 9-11 - 79th NYS Conference Convention, Hilton Long Island/ Huntington, Melville, NY. Theme: “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.” October 23rd - NAACP in association with JASA, Senior Citizen Safety

Workshop, 11 a.m., Bartow Community Center – FREE. Remember – Voter registration is an ongoing activity. Voter information packet & speaker available to building association presidents. For further information, call-347-842-0410, or 718-320-3210. Condolences to Kathleen Cole & family on the loss of her father and NAACP member, Douglas Cole. —Jerome Rice

We want to thank Sheena McNeill, Riverbay Corporation Director of Sales and Marketing, for her presentation at our monthly building association meeting. A lively discussion ensued and many questions were answered. Misconceptions regarding the transferring process and succession rights were clarified. Restoration questions arose in conjunction with transfers, so we have invited a representative to attend our next meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 1, at 7 p.m., so make plans to attend. Our guest will be Edgar

Perez, Director of the Restoration Department. The Restoration Department handles plastering, floors, painting and various other items that must be inspected and repaired after damage to the apartment. Join us! Our Meet and Greet your neighbors and association board will be held on Saturday, September 26, between 2-4 p.m. in the lobby of the building. Learn what we do, give us your suggestions and inquire about the various building events. Make sure to stop by the table in the lobby on the 26th and sign up for our

Yoga classes. Space is limited so it will be on a first come basis. The classes will be held in the association room, so check the bulletin board in the lobby for updates and details. Due to inclement weather, the adult session of Grow Your Creativity on a Sunday afternoon painting session by the waterfront held at Rivers Run Community Garden was postponed and will be held tomorrow, Sunday, September 20, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (weather permitting). You’ve seen these sessions advertised in various places around the city, but now you

have the opportunity to participate in your own back yard! Checks for Building 13 events should be made payable to Building 13 Assoc., Inc. and mailed to Building 13 Assoc., 100 Casals Place #32K, Bronx, NY 10475. For information, contact Gail Sharbaan, Treasurer at 718-671-3801 or Leslie Peterson at 718-320-1370. Our website is or e-mail us at As always, thanks for making our team work. —Leslie Peterson

To all my Jewish neighbors, Shanah Tova. Buildings 30 A and B Association is back in full swing. We have already had our first crochet class and pokeno night. Our first building association meeting

was held on the 16th of this month. We are starting to collect our association dues which is still only $5. These dues help offset the cost of our holiday decorations, our parties, and the snacks at our building meetings.

Don’t forget the building association is yours, so if you see a notice of a building association meeting, please come on down so that your concerns for the building and Co-op City can be heard.

To all who are having a birthday, anniversary or blessed event, congratulations. For those who had a passing in the family, our prayers are with you. Those under the weather, get well soon. —Linda Werner

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You could contact the church for tickets. Saturday, December 19th - Sight & Sound Theatre presenting The Miracle of Christmas. Saturday, April 9 - Sight & Sound Theatre presenting Samson. Adults: $150 and youth 12 and under, $145. One-day package includes: Round-trip transportation, all you can eat at Old Country Buffet, all taxes & gratuities, show and outlet shopping. For tickets, call church, 718-671-8746, or B. Brown, 718-671-3748. The Church of the New Vision is located at 115 Einstein, Bronx, NY 10475; Telephone: (718) 671-8746 or (718) 320-0409. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 753037, Bronx, NY 10475. Please visit our website at —Carole Haque


Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City

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

Hope is intangible, but real and it has to do with faith and G-d and a New Year. For a New Year is another opportunity granted by G-d to renew one's feeling of hope. A New Year is a chance to begin again and hope to change for the better. A New Year is a time to look to the future with eager anticipation and the hope of improving the quality of our lives. It is a whole new ballgame. We

are veterans in living and now we start a new season. With the right attitude, with a feeling of love in our hearts and with hope in our souls, we can have a great year. We can approach life with vigor and enthusiasm because we are given the opportunity to start all over again. Life holds much promise and so we can take this day and begin to live with anticipation, with eagerness and, most of all, with hope.

Young Israel—High Holy Day Services High Holiday Prayer Schedule

Rabbi Solomon I. Berl will officiate as Cantor and deliver the Holy Day sermons. Sabbath of Repentance – Sept. 19th As an integral part of this holy day period, attendance at the Sabbath of Repentance service is most important. Services begin Saturday morning, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. Don’t miss this service! MINCHA 6:50 p.m. MAARIV 7:40 p.m. Yom Kippur - Tuesday, Sept. 22nd MINCHA 3:00 p.m.

KOL NIDRE – 6:45 p.m. Yom Kippur Day — Wednesday – September 23rd MORNING SERVICE – 8:00 a.m. PUBLIC YIZKOR – 11:00 a.m. FAST ENDS — 7:40 p.m. Rabbi Berl and the officers of Young Israel wish all Co-op City residents a happy New Year of good health, good tidings, contentment and fulfillment in the year to come. May peace and harmony throughout the world become a reality in the coming year.

Kol Nidre is Tuesday night and you are invited. Tuesday night begins the Holiest day of the Year. Yom Kippur. The day of Repentance. Please join Chavurah, Temple Beth El in Dreiser Center, Room 9. This is the most sacred day of the year, and is to be spent in prayer and meditation. Please join us for services with many of your neighbors, and friends, as they did for Rosh Hashanah. The schedule is as follows (All in Room 9): Yom Kippur Kol Nidre – Tuesday, September 22,

7:30 p.m. Morning, Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. Public Yiskor, Wednesday, September 23, 1 p.m. Public Yiskor, Wednesday, September 23, 2:30 p.m. Mincha and Neliah – Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m. Please come; we will be here. At the Public Yiskor services, we will read the list of names of our departed loved ones. This list is from the names that have been previously given to us. The services will end after 6:30 p.m. with the sounding of the Shofar.

Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City, Young Israel of Baychester, Section 5 at 120 Erdman Place (behind the lobby 27B), welcomes you to pray with them. Tel. for the Synagogue: 1718-379-6920. Note: Our office hours are on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. We’re offering a special incentive for you to join our synagogue’s membership. The cost for 1 year only is $75 in the hopes that you will remain with us. You don’t have to pay this out all at once. You can pay in installments. Candle Lighting on Friday, September 25th is at 6:29 p.m. Shabbat ends on today, Saturday, September 19, at 7:49 p.m. Coming Events From now through the summer, Friday night services will be held at 7 p.m. Services will be held today, Saturday, September 19, at 9 a.m. Join Rabbi Daniel Kronengold in prayer. Erev Yom Kippur, Tuesday, September 22, Candle lighting is at 6:35 p.m. Kol Nidre is at 6:40 p.m., led by Cantor Ringel. Wednesday, September 23 Services commence at 8:30 a.m.

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Yiskor at 11:30 a.m. Mincha at 4:15 p.m. Neila, the closing of the gates, at 6 p.m. Maariv at 7:20 p.m. and Havdala at 7:33 p.m. and the Shofar is blown and the fast ends at 7:41 p.m. We hope that you will sign up to sponsor a Kiddish to take place after services on Saturdays. A Bingo game is scheduled for Sunday, October 18, at 1 p.m. Admission is $3. Snacks will be provided. Dues are due for both the synagogue and Sisterhood. Good and Welfare Stephen Bill is sharing his birthday with the members of the synagogue today, Sept. 19 after services. He is giving a Kiddish. Keep open the date of November 8 for a Kosher Chinese luncheon. More details to follow at a later date. Best wishes to all celebrating special occasions this month. We have tree certificates “in Honor of” or “in Memory of” a special occasion or a condolence. The cost is $15 per tree. If you are feeling under the weather, we wish you all a speedy recovery. Mimi Berlofsky welcomes all calls at 347-427-4526. We look forward to seeing you soon. —Miriam Berlofsky

On Rosh Hashanah, we ask to be inscribed in the Book of Life. On Yom Kippur, the book is sealed with our names in it. Please worship with us, pick up a new calendar, and there is no charge for attending our services. We do ask for a donation. Chavurah - Temple Beth El: is dedicated to Judaism as a living and growing faith. It provides its members with a strong sense of Jewish Identity. We invite all people to attend our services and be a part of our caring congregational family. We wish you and your families a

happy and healthy New Year, L'Shana Tova T'katavoo. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life. For further information, please contact Rabbi Dennis Tobin, RabbiDennisTobin, 973-769-3915. —Rabbi Dennis Tobin

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Co-op City Times / September 19, 2015

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church


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

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Choir rehearsal is on Thursday at 7 p.m. The (ECW) Episcopal Church Women meet immediately after service on the first Sunday of each month. Membership is open to all women of the church and dues are $2 per month. The men hold their meeting after service on the second Sunday of each month. We look forward to welcoming

everyone to service at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 20, when we will celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. Fundraising Event: Our Annual Home Style Dinner Sale will take place at the church on Saturday, September 26, from noon until sold out. Please come out and support this event. Outreach Program: We continue to collect non-perishable food for the

feeding program at Grace Episcopal Church in West Farms. Please remember to donate. For additional information on all of the above, please call the church at 718-320-0844, or visit our website: “Behold, God is my helper; * it is the Lord who sustains my life.”—(Psalm 54:4) —M. Chambers

Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams and the Co-op City Baptist Church family invite you to join us tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for worship service. We invite you to worship, study, and pray with us. The Co-op City Baptist Church is located at 135 Einstein Loop, Room 50. Our telephone number is 718-3203774. Visit us on the web at Join us for a mid-week spiritual pick-up at our mid-week worship service on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. Bible study is on Wednesdays at 1:00 and

7:30 p.m. Bible study will also be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. Prayer Service is held on Fridays at 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Today, Saturday, September 19, the 2016 Men’s and Women’s Day Committee will present a Fashion Show and Luncheon in Einstein Center (Room 38) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please call 718-862-9243, 718671-1918 or the church at 718-3203774. On Tuesday, October 6, at 10:00 a.m., the Co-op City Intergenerational

Outreach Center (CCIOC) will present a workshop on Advance Health Care Planning. Advance Health care planning can be challenging, but we can give you the tools you need. Come and learn how to get your healthcare wishes respected in New York. Please join us for an interactive, user friendly workshop led by Compassion and Choices End of Life Care Manager, Pamela Edgar. Advanced Directives forms will be provided. On Tuesdays, October 13, 20 and 27, the CCIOC will have workshops on “Getting Your Affairs in Order.” Please

put all of these dates on your calendar and plan to attend. All workshops will be held at 135 Einstein Loop, Room 50 (lower level) at 10:00 a.m. To RSVP or for additional information, please call 718-671-8449. 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

Pastors Nancy & Angelo Rosario and the membership invite you to worship and learn God’s Word for instructions in your life. You may visit us and maybe stay, but please visit and become a member at any of the many houses of worship in the Co-op City community that are teaching God’s Word. We are located at 127 Dreiser Loop (to the right of the Montefiore Health Clinic), 718-790-9120. You can call the office and leave your prayer request for our prayer group that meets on Monday & Wednesday. Schedule: Sunday Worship-Spanish, 9:30 a.m.; English Worship, 1:15 p.m.; Sunday School, 11:30 a.m. for men, women and children. Separate classes for each. Monday study/prayer: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Brother Steve. Wed. Prayer, 7-8:30 p.m. Office hours: Tues./Thurs., 11 a.m. -

3 p.m. Visit our Goodwill Ministry with Inez Bernard at 163 Dreiser for a free coat and other items. For credit restoration services, call 718-320-3873, church Sat., 9/26, Community Health Fair, Aud. B, 1-4 p.m., sponsored by National Council of Negro Women, Co-op City Section. Church of God’s Children will be sponsoring HIV testing with Dr. Dowe. Free raffles for all tested. Testing will be in a private room. Join us on Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate our 25th anniversary of worship in Co-op City. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bishop Angelo Rosario on his 71st b’day – 9/26. God bless you always. Seats are still available to see Samson on April 23, 2016 at Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA. Bus

fare, movie in bus, discount tickets for Tangers Outlet, show-SAMSON, all you can eat at Hershey’s Buffet & driver’s tip—all this for $152.50. A $50

deposit required ASAP. All monies due by November 30 to obtain good seats. Call 718-790-9120 for information. —Bishop Nancy Rosario

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Co-op City Sports

Velocity Track Club New York Velocity Track Club New York started the new season competing at the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile on Sunday, September 12th. The event also served as a conclusion to the professional track and field season, bringing together a field that included 10 Olympians vying for a $5,000 first prize in the men’s and women’s races. Now in its 35th year on the NYRR calendar, the NYRR 5th Avenue Mile brought more than 6,000 runners out to challenge themselves over 20 blocks of New York City Streets. The day of races began with a series of age-group miles, followed by specialty races and a youth mile, and concluded with two showdowns between top professional athletes from around the world. Velocity Track Club represented New York well! We had 10 student-athletes compete and ran great times in the mile. Our top athletes were: Dontae Lindo; he finish the race with a time of 5:45 (minutes) and had the fastest time of any athlete 10 years & younger. Darius Gordon, who is 16 years old and took 6th

in the men 16 years old and under with a time of 5:06 (minutes) in the mile. Jordan Ingram, who is 10 years old, finished 6th in the boys 10 years and younger with a time of 6:25 minutes. Giovanna Tolbert finished 14th in the girls 14 years old and younger with a time of 6:07 minutes. Jacqueline Kendall, who is 13 years old, finished 26th in the girls 14 years old & under with a time of 6:38 minutes. All athletes ran well, especially after being on break for 1 month and with just two weeks of training. Great job!!! On Saturday, September 12th, Velocity Track Club joined Councilmember Andy King in operation clean-up. We met in Section 5 at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday and helped with the cleanup of the bike trails and path from Section 5 (Co-op City) to the over-paths near Pelham Bay Park. The area looks so much better. Great job, team of Councilmember Andy King!! Our next meet will be on Sunday, September 20th at Van Cortland Park. We will participate in the Metropolis Cross Country Invitational. This will

First Reading: Resolution 15-57

SUBMITTED BY: Rev. Calvin Owens SECONDED BY: Evelyn Turner BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MEETING DATED: September 17th, 2015

WHEREAS, Riverbay has been purchasing floor tile from Patriot Hardwood Floor & Supply, Inc. as a sole source, due to the fact that we are buying direct from the manufacturer’s distribution; and WHEREAS, Riverbay has been using a new tile in vacant apartments and in occupied apartments where a whole floor needs to be replaced, though we are still purchasing Hartco tiles for repairs only, when the damage is less than 50% of the whole floor; and WHEREAS, we will give Patriot a one year contract for the purchase of approximately five (5) truckloads (36,000

sq. ft./truckload) of Hartco tiles; and WHEREAS, the tiles will be at a cost of $2.20 per square foot of the Hartco (Patriot has not increased their price and will hold this price for one more year); and NOW THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED: that Riverbay enter into Contract #P811with Patriot Hardwood Floor & Supply, Inc. for the purchase of Hartco wood floor tiles at a not to exceed cost of $400,000 + tax be approved as submitted by Management in accordance with Board of Directors Resolution 85-16 and as amended by Board of Directors Resolution 95-44 and the President is hereby authorized to execute the contract with Patriot Flooring Supply, Inc. and Management is authorized to take all steps necessary to make this action effective.

First Reading: Resolution 15-60

SUBMITTED BY: Pastor Deborah Jenkins SECONDED BY: Evelyn Turner BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING DATED: September 17th, 2015

WHEREAS, Resolution #05-103 (attached) went into effect January 2006; and WHEREAS, the term of Resolution #05-103 was for leases to be issued at a $3.00 per square foot rate minus utility and real estate tax charges for three years;

and WHEREAS, a specific end date was not placed on Resolution #05-103 due to signed lease expiration dates varying; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the three years stated in Resolution #05-103 is the expiration date for Resolution #05-103; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Management may proceed with usual lease renewal practices.

More resolutions from the Thursday, September 17th, 2015 Board meeting will be published in the next Co-op City Times, 9/26/15.

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First Reading: Resolution 15-59

SUBMITTED BY: Francine Jones SUBMITTED BY: Pastor Deborah Jenkins BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING DATED: September 17th, 2015

WHEREAS, Many shareholders have expressed a desire, at their own expense, to upgrade and/or modernize their sinks but Riverbay has not granted approval for such renovations due to lack of compatible parts to provide maintenance service for such sinks; and WHEREAS, the high water pressure at Co-op City prevents the use of certain types sinks; and WHEREAS, Prior to the next Home Improvement Fair, the Board would like

Management to research and provide brand and model numbers of a minimum of three sinks that shareholders may install and that Riverbay will maintain parts to service. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Board directs that management, prior to the next Home Improvement Fair, research and provide brand and model numbers of a minimum of three sinks that shareholders may install, at their own expense, and that Riverbay will maintain parts to service; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution will take effect sixty (60) days after approval by the Board.

First Reading: Resolution 15-63

SUBMITTED BY: Junius Williams SECONDED BY: Rev. Calvin Owens BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: September 17th, 2015

WHEREAS, On June 18, 2014 the Board passed Resolution #14-36 to lease the former Bingo Hall at 2081 Bartow Avenue to the Riverbay Fund to be used as a multi-use not-for-profit Youth/Young Adult/Adult Community Center at the rate of $100.00 per year for two years; and WHEREAS, On January 21, 2015 the Board passed Resolution #15-07 to extend the Bingo Hall lease until January 31, 2025 at the rate of $3.00 a square foot; and WHEREAS, To date neither HUD nor HCR has approved the lease of the Bingo Hall to the Riverbay Fund and the space has been vacant and off-the-market with no rent paid to Riverbay since June 18, 2014;

and WHEREAS, The Board accepts that it is unlikely that HCR or HUD will approve the lease of the Bingo Hall to the Riverbay Fund and therefore Resolutions #14-36 and #15-07 should both be rescinded and the Bingo Hall space should be offered for rent at market rates. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That due to the need to protect Riverbay’s commercial rental income for the benefit of all shareholders that Resolution #14-36 and Resolution #15-07 are both herby rescinded effective immediately and the vacant space shall be offered for rent at market rates; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That Management is directed to take all necessary steps to carry out this Resolution and the President is authorized to sign all related documents.


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