Vol. 53 No. 41
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Shareholders Speak Up For Better Bus Service
Co-op City Residents, ‘Animal Rights’ Activists Debate Shelter At City Council Meeting
A three-hour hearing in Manhattan on Oct. 9th examining the proposed Bartow Avenue animal shelter ended with the two sides in sharp opposition – just as they began. And while no speaker opposed building an animal shelter in the Bronx, one side told the community what was best for them, while the other side said they could speak for themStating their case at City Hall – Co-op City selves. residents were joined on the steps of City Hall ‘Animal rights’ activists in Manhattan by Council Member Andy King told the members of the City following a hearing on Oct. 9 about the proCouncil’s Subcommittee posed animal shelter on Bartow Avenue. on Landmarks, Public SitPhoto by Jim Roberts ing and Maritime Uses in a packed New York City Council chamber that there is no site in the Bronx that can house an animal shelter other than the 2050 Bartow Ave. property directly across the street from Co-op City. Speaker after speaker for (Continued on page 2) BY JIM ROBERTS
On Oct. 9, shareholders came to Bartow Center, eager to show MTA representatives what good service in the Co-op City community Photo by Toriea McCauseland should look like.
MTA workshop facilitators met with shareholders and neighboring Bronx residents on October 9 at Co-op City’s Bartow Center for their “Fast Forward” Bronx Bus Network Redesign Workshop.” Shareholders of the Co-op City community and beyond showed up in large numbers Tuesday evening to give their feedback to MTA representatives in hopes of influencing change in current (Continued on page 4)
BY TORIEA MCCAUSELAND
Leaks Repaired, Water Restored In Section 2 Hot water service to a portion of Co-op City was temporarily interrupted last week when a pair of leaks in the high temperature hot water system, one behind Cooper Place and one in the power plant, required emergency repairs. The Cooper Place townhouse area leak first appeared last Wednesday night, Oct. 3 in the underground piping system near Co-op City Boulevard. The same site had several pipe leaks beginning in 2014 and was repaired initially in 2016. The new leak was in the T-joint, in a different area than the pipe leaks that were repaired using the “Silver Lining” repair. Those repairs have not leaked since being fixed. Hot water in Section 2 was temporarily turned off on Thursday BY JIM ROBERTS
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Riverbay Board Approves New Vehicle Leasing Agreement With Enterprise, Votes Down Smoking Ban Inside Apartments
The Riverbay Board of Directors approved a vehicle leasing and maintenance agreement with Enterprise/Fleet Management and voted not to adopt a resolution to impose a smoking ban on Riverbay property at its October 3rd meeting. Resolution 18-34 which was introduced by Director Leslie Peterson and seconded by Director Jerome Rice, will result in the replacement, over time, of the current older fleet with newer, fuel efficient vehicles which is expected to cut down on fuel and maintenance costs, and result in (Continued on page 30)
BY ROZAAN BOONE
Annual Co-op City College & Career Fair
A new underground pipe leak was identified and repaired behind the Cooper Place townhouses last week. Previous repairs there done with Silver Lining epoxy have held since first being sealed two years ago. Photo by Fiiffi Frimpong
Youth and parents speak with representatives at the 7th Annual College, Career & Resource Fair that took place on Oct. 6, at The College of New Rochelle, Co-op City campus. Photo by Toriea McCauseland
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the shelter insisted that, despite whatever the resithat he continues to speak with them. dents of Co-op City who live here might think, the Dupee said he has heard King’s concerns on Make your feelings known about the best interests of animals require construction of the behalf of Co-op City residents and is exploring what proposed animal shelter on Bartow Avenue. $59 million, 80,000-square-foot project and that any new services the city could provide in Co-op City. Contact the City Council members who further discussion on that decision is over. He said talks have been held with “residents of the will play an important role in what hapSpeaking for themselves, and with the support of Bronx” about a shelter for many years, but admitted pens: the Bronx Borough President and Community Board that the Co-op City community was only informed 10 in opposition to this Bartow in May after the decision was Avenue site, Co-op City resialready made to put the shelter • Council Speaker Corey Johnson: Speaker “If we can’t figure out a dents in attendance told the on Bartow Avenue. Johnson@council.nyc.gov Council’s sub-committee that meaningful give and take, I have Dupee said his office is looktheir priority for this site is a city ing for ways to expand communo choice as the representative • Chairperson of the Land Use Committee community center for youth and nity programming in or around of this area than to be with the Rafael Salamanca Jr.: salamanca@council seniors, and that their voice Co-op City. residents who live in this location.” .nyc.gov must be heard. “We’ve been talking with resAndy King, the city council —City Council Member Andy King idents of Co-op City as recently member who represents Co-op as Friday night, hearing from • Chairperson of Landmarks, Public Siting City and the north Bronx in Dispeople about their ideas. We’re and Maritime Uses Subcommittee: Adrienne trict 12, attended the sub-committee hearing on Tuesvery committed to making sure that the needs that Adams: AeAdams@council.nyc.gov day and explained his task – to give the people of Cohave been vocalized from the local residents are met op City a voice, while complying with city law that as part of this land use application,” Dupee said. • Council Member Andy King, 12th Disrequires that a shelter be built in the Bronx by 2024. During his testimony Dupee said that studies “We have a commitment to the council to deliver have shown a highly-visible shelter location can trict, Co-op City rep: Andy.King@council. an animal shelter in the Bronx, whether it’s on Barimprove adoption rates by 100%. A Co-op City resnyc.gov tow Avenue or anywhere else in the Bronx,” Counident pointed out that Co-op City is a pet-free comcilman King said. “Whatever is built there, whether munity, except for medically-prescribed support it’s for animal use, senior use, youth use, we have to animals. be respectful. We have to deal with the traffic and Dupee previously worked at Farm Sanctuary, a “There are still approximately six years left before whatever else happens in the area, unlike the nonprofit focused on protecting farm animals and this bill must be fulfilled so it is not a fait accompli. activists who may not live in the area. promoting vegan living, as well as the New York Give our borough an opportunity to find a more suit“If we can’t figure out a meaningful give and take, State Trial Lawyers Association and the Working able and accessible location,” she said. I have no choice as the representative of this area Families Party. Speakers for the animal shelter included many than to be with the residents who live in this locaProblems with the Bartow Site professional staff from the ASPCA, Voters for Anition,” King said. “I’ve suggested making some alterNearly two dozen Co-op City residents made mal Rights, the Shelter Reform Action Committee, ations to provide for animal use, as well as providmany points during the two minutes each had to the Bronx Animal Shelter Endeavor and Voices for ing services for our youth and our seniors that everyspeak. Michelle Marbury said that the city law Shelter Animals, among many others. one can welcome – not one side loses, one side wins.” requires that shelters be centrally located, while this During the hearing, Council Member King and No Notice Given to Co-op City Co-op City location is in the northeastern corner of several speakers mentioned a city-owned parcel off After three years of studying the Bronx for an the Bronx on the border with Westchester County. of East Gun Hill Road as a possible location for the appropriate site for the shelter, the city sprung the Mary Pearson pointed out that there is no subway shelter. The site, the former golf driving range decision to build on Bartow Avenue in late May of stop near the proposed shelter and that bus service to located west of I-95, is controlled by the MTA under this year with a presentation to Community Board Co-op City is inadequate, making the shelter inaca long-term lease. 10. City officials claim that 20 other sites were elimcessible except by car on already traffic-congested A private developer proposed a retail project inated because they were too small, not city-owned, roads. called “Baychester Square” last year, but the plan not vacant or not easily accessible. Leslie Peterson said finding an alternative site was pulled in August 2017 following opposition by Both the Community Board and Borough Presishould now be the priority of the city and the council. Council Member King. dent then stated their opposition this summer to the Bartow site as part of the city’s ULURP land-use process. On Sept. 9th the city Planning Commission unanimously approved the plan, sending it on to the City Council for its review and decision. Council Member King called for the Oct. 9th hearing as part of the council’s review process. During the Oct. 9th subcommittee hearing, officials said that ACC (Animal Care Centers of New York City) would move their corporate headquarters into the second floor of the new building, adding to the overall size of the project. Several animal rights speakers claimed that ACC intends to move animals from an overcrowded shelter in Manhattan and in Queens to the Bronx shelter, seeming to reveal that the new Bartow shelter would be housing animals from other boroughs, rather than building adequate facilities elsewhere. There were several indications at the public hearing Tuesday that there could be a way to give Co-op City residents new community services from the city in return for Council Member King’s support for the Bartow Avenue shelter. Both King and Council Member I. Daneek Miller raised the possibility of altering the design of the two-story, 80,000-square-foot proposed shelter to add a scaled-down community center and reduce the size of the shelter facility in the Bartow location. A Compromise in the Works? Mayor de Blasio remains a strong supporter of the Bartow Avenue location. His representative, Jeff Dupee, claimed at the hearing that he has held numerous conversations with local residents and (Continued from page 1)
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Horrorland Casting Call Horrorland, presented by the Riverbay Fund, is holding an open casting today, Saturday, October 13, from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. The casting event will take place in Dreiser Center, room 1, and is open to those ages 16+. All who are interested are expected to be fun, exciting and enthusiastic. Please show up on time and dress your best!
NYC Disabilities Expo Tomorrow, Sunday, October 14, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Co-op City Seventh-Day Adventist Church is hosting the NYC Disabilities Expo in the Einstein Community Center located at 135 Einstein Loop. The expo features exhibitors, a speaker series that will touch on mental health and disaster preparedness amongst other topics, clinics and workshops and interactive arts. For more information, contact the Co-op City Seventh-Day Adventist Church at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Free After School Tennis The Co-op City tennis program of New York Junior Tennis and Learning offers free afterschool tennis instruction and play from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, on the tennis courts behind MS 181. Registration is ongoing and open to all young people between 5 and 18 years old. Racquets and equipment are provided. The only requirement for players is a good pair of sneakers or tennis shoes.
Next CB #10 Meeting The next CB #10’s meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in room 45 of the Einstein Center. Please make an effort to attend. For further information, please contact Community Board 10 at (718) 892-1161.
Keep in Prayer We ask the entire Co-op City community to join us in keeping our colleague, Mr. Joe Boiko, Riverbay’s Director of Special Projects, in your prayers.
Co-op City’s Neighborhood Community Officers Focused On Connecting With Shareholders
NCOs is to have residents feel safe and In an effort to bridge the gap between comfortable when they’re patrolling. police officers and the community, the “We want to help make people feel NYPD kicked off their Neighborhood safe and work together and not be scared Coordination Officers (NCOs) program to come to us,” Officer Griesinger said. earlier this summer, where two officers, Officer Cassells shared those same Jessica Griesinger and Dean Cassells, sentiments, “We want to regain peowork as “liaisons between the police and ple's trust that’s been lost over the the community, but also as key crimeyears; trust and working together while having a safer environment.” fighters and problem-solvers in the sector.” Both Officers Griesinger and Cas“We’ve heard from Co-op City resisells share a bit more about themselves dents that they feel underserved and that they don't see a lot of NYPD officers in below: this area. Now, residents have two faces 1. Why did you join law enforceand contacts specifically dedicated to ment? this community,” said Officer Cassells. Griesinger: I joined because my Since becoming NCO’s of Co-op brother was in law enforcement. I City, Officers Griesinger and Cassells wanted to do something that was difNYPD Officers Cassells and Griesinger have been familiarizing themselves with ferent every day and that helps people the neighborhood by attending events and along the way. programs throughout Co-op City. Officer Griesinger said: Cassells: As a little kid, I always liked police shows, and “We've met a lot of people. We’re trying to go to building I used to watch [the show] “Chips.” I had a passion for bemeetings to meet residents and hear what their concerns are.” coming an officer one day, a career I chose to give back to According to the NYPD’s website, “NCOs are adding a the community. 2. What is the most important thing civilians should new dimension to the NYPD's crime-fighting capabilities. They respond swiftly to breaking incidents and developing know about law enforcement? Griesinger: We’re human too! leads... Most importantly, they feel a sense of belonging and Cassells: Be compliant when dealing with an officer. responsibility that fosters a willingness to do whatever it Don’t be resistant to avoid altercations. After interactions takes to keep the neighborhood safe and secure.” Officers Griesinger and Cassells’ goal as Co-op City’s with the officer, civilians can utilize (Continued on page 9) BY TORIEA McCAUSELAND
NYC Disabilities Expo To Be Held Tomorrow In Einstein Center More than 70 disability service providers are scheduled to attend this year’s Disabilities Expo tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 14, at 135 Einstein Loop in the Einstein Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to the public, those in attendance will have an opportunity to participate in informative conversations and learn about what resources, services and products are available to help people with disabilities live an “optimum lifestyle” According to Cheryl Silvera, founder and one of the primary organizers of the annual Disabilities Expo, the aim of the expo is to create an environment of learning while spreading awareness and providing information on products and services that otherwise might not be well known to those in need of them. “If you have been recently diagnosed, a parent of a newly diagnosed child or family or friend, then this is the place to begin your education in a non-threatening environment,” said Ms. Silvera. “There’s something for those who have been on this road awhile and wish to brush up on services or seek more resources.” Organizing a plethora of companies that make products to help the disabled, the expo also will have agencies which support and serve the disabled community. In addition, attendees will hear from community leaders who are both passionate and well informed about the issues affecting disabled people today. The expo this year also features exhibitors of goods and services; a speaker series that touches on Alzheimer, mental health and disaster preparedness; clinics and workshops that include wheelchair and functional needs seminars, and lastly, interactive arts presentations. Last year’s expo feaBY BRANDON ORTIZ AND DANIELLE CRUZ
tured an art gallery and a Gospel concert. AHRC New York City, a program geared toward helping provide resources and services for families with children who have developmental and intellectual disabilities, will also be in attendance at the expo. Ms. Silvera says that she hopes that this year’s Disabilities Expo will help create a lasting impact of understanding, awareness and empathy. “As a person living with a disability and as a community leader, I pray that the bridges we are building will withstand the test of time,” said Ms. Silvera. “That others will catch a vision of this magnificent effort and join with us in making the lives of all people of equal value, visibility and honor.” The 2018 NYC Disabilities Expo is presented by the Co-op City Seventh-day Adventist Church, along with Riverbay’s Disabilities and Accommodations Committee, chaired by Board Director Andrea Leslie; as well as the Riverbay Corporation, in collaboration with New York State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey.
Good Morning, Co-op City!
A beautiful shot of day break taken from the 19th floor of Building 3A early Thursday morning. Photo by Margie Echevarria
and future service updates. The workshop represents an effort by the MTA to improve the city’s buses, subways, and paratransit services. According to MTA’s website, they’re collecting information from residents about what they think of the current Bronx bus service, and what changes they would like to see. Upon arriving at the workshop on Tuesday evening, residents were told to check-in and join one of the workshop tables in the room. The room contained ten tables, each with one MTA facilitator, one MTA notetaker and about eight Bronx residents. Those who arrived while tables were full had to wait until one became available in order to participate. By making the workshop interactive, the MTA plans to get insight from participants on where they live, where they work, and how they get to/from home. Facilitators also asked what residents’ key priorities are when it comes to bus service and about “trade-offs;” indicating which of two scenarios they prefer more (i.e., simple, direct routes vs. complex, indirect routes). Residents documented their daily routes on maps that were on the tables, using different color stickers representing each bus line. Mrs. Yvonne Dove, a 47-year Co-op City resident, attended the workshop with hopes of getting changes accomplished. She said: “I want to see if they’ll put the 26 or 28 buses back throughout the perimeter of Co-op City. We have a lot of seniors and people who are disabled with walkers, wheelchairs, and canes; they shouldn’t have to get one bus, after another to get home.” Luther McKoi, a Co-op City resident since ‘88, said upon leaving the workshop: “It was different! It’s a different type of survey. Hopefully, it’ll make a difference. The facilitator did ask particular questions about the fre-
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018 quencies of routes and wanted to make sure that people were identifying the routes they take so that they can find a middle ground and make it possible for people to get on buses the way they want to. The survey may give them more of an identification of what we need. I’m a little hopeful; maybe it’ll work.” While some residents were hopeful, most were still skeptical if the necessary changes will be made, especially in the best interest of those who are seniors and persons with disabilities. Ida Cleare, a 49-year resident, stated emphatically: “I don’t believe they are going to help us. The majority of the people here [in Co-op City] are seniors. This time of the day, many seniors don’t want to come out at night because it’s dark. I have to take the bus back home, I don’t come out at night, but tonight I came out to try to get better service because the service is lousy!” As promised, Board Director Rod Saunders, chair of the Legislative Committee, armed shareholders with talking points gathered from the discussion from last week’s Legislative Committee’s MTA pre-meeting. The document, a summary of proposals, included points, but not limited to, restoring original bus lines to 2010 service, frequent buses during rush hour, bus shelters, “Next” bus technology, for coaches to be wheelchair accessible, and a bus to the Soundview ferry station. “I made certain that everyone who entered the room had a copy of the MTA pre-meeting’s talking points, which, at the very top of the list, was the rerouting of the Bx26, Bx28, & Q50, back to the 2010 standards,” said Mr. Saunders. “The MTA’s facilitators were extremely polite, and worked well with our shareholders. I was delighted (Continued from page 1)
morning while an outside contractor came to the site to shore up the ground to dig, locate and repair the leaks. Waste was restored Thursday evening. Hot water service was again interrupted on Friday to complete the repairs to the leak. Work will begin soon to remove the fencing from the area and restore the grounds. A separate, second leak occurred in a pipe near the heat exchanger in the Power Plant on Friday, Oct. 5 and required that all water be turned off throughout Co-op City during the six hours of repair work Friday evening. Hot water was restored at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, Oct. 6. “The repair work that was done at the Cooper Place townhouse site was outside of the repair work that was done with Silver Lining in 2016,” said Anthony Ligato, Riverbay Director of Utility Assets. “With all the repair that we did with Silver Lining we haven’t had another leak.” “We’ve had leaks in other areas occasionally but the main site was the Cooper Place site in the past,” Ligato. “We’ve only had two leaks this year outside of that general area. Using Silver Lining in the Cooper Place site has eliminated the major problems that occurred over two years from 2014 to 2016.” The leak at Cooper Place had been an ongoing problem for approximately 19 months and the application of the Silver Lining product sealed multiple leaks while avoiding more costly repairs involved in bypassing the damaged section of pipe. The underground piping there delivers hot water to a large section of the community including 12 buildings and three townhouse clusters. While hot water service to those buildings continued since the damage was discovered in the autumn of 2014, the leaking steam and hot water back then cost the community approximately $20,000 per month.
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Happy 50th Anniversary, Co-op City!
MTA facilitators met with shareholders during their “Fast Forward Network Redesign Workshop” on Oct. 9, in Co-op City’s Bartow Center. Photo by Toriea McCauseland
by the turnout of the community.” According to an onsite MTA representative, right now, the MTA is just in the “data collection phase.” Residents who were unable to attend the workshop can fill out the online survey at bronxbusredesign.questionpro.com. The survey asks questions specifically relating to the Bronx bus lines and takes about ten minutes to complete. The Co-op City workshop was
only one of six being held in Bronx communities to interact with and solicit input from residents who utilize the MTA’s bus service. The MTA, along with New York City Transit, plans to release a draft of “Existing Conditions Report” in late fall 2018, based on their findings via the workshops and surveys. Also, a draft of their “Network Redesign Plan” is set to be released in late winter or early Spring 2019.
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Annual College and Career Fair
Animal Shelter Hearing at City Hall
HAPPENING in Co-op City !
The 7th Annual College, Career and Resource Fair, took place last Saturday, Oct. 6, in a new location, at The College of New Rochelle, Co-op City campus. The event featured a live robot presentation where Brianna, 9, and Chisomaga, 12, (at left) are pictured posing with a robot created by 2Train Robotics Team from Morris High School. Students and parents got a chance to meet and engage with over 30 schools from across New York and beyond. Attendees were all-ears during the essential financial aid workshop, where afterward they received a flash-drive with information on financial assistance. Photos by Toriea McCauseland and Yakik Rumley
Co-op City residents spoke up for themselves at an Oct. 9 hearing on New York City’s proposed animal shelter on Bartow Avenue. Residents explained to the City Council members that they want the city to build a community center for youth and senior residents here, and not an animal shelter which would be better suited to a different location in the Bronx. Riverbay Board Vice President Bernie Cylich (above) spoke with Mayor de Blasio’s representative Jeff Dupee on the steps outside City Hall following the three-hour hearing in the Council chamber. Photos by Jim Roberts and Eva Lazaar
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The Co-op City Times welcomes issue-oriented letters to the editor to be considered for publication. All letters, in prose, not poetry, must be addressed to the editor, not to third parties. All letters must be signed by the writers and include their addresses and phone numbers, which will be kept confidential, so that the editor – can•verify or unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. – •the– authenticity • – • – of•–the•authors. – • Anonymous – • – •cannot – •exceed – •–350•words. – • –Ideally, – • –Letters they should be typed. All letters must be in the Co-op City Times office in Room 21, Bartow Community Center, by 3 p.m. every Monday to be considered for publication in that week’s edition. Views and opinions expressed in letters are solely the writer’s, and not necessarily shared by the Co-op City Times or Riverbay Corp.
Letters to the Editor
“I Just Want A Good Education” To the Editor: During a conversation with a recent, female AfricanAmerican graduate from Harvard University, a young female African-American middle-school student broke down in tears saying, “All I want is a good education!” This was all I needed to hear and see to know that the Annual College, Career & Resource Fair was a success last Saturday, Oct. 6! For a young student to see a role model who looks like her and has what she wants was overwhelming. This, beloved Co-op City community, is why a team of volunteer shareholders will plan this event every year; to get feedback from parents after a Financial Aid Workshop, saying, “Wow thank you, I learned so much;” “I plan to attend North Carolina Central University.” Other comments: “I signed up to become a fireman;” “I signed up for a College Tour,” etc. Youth were able to drive the 2Train Robot and learn about the First Robotics program. We hosted fantastic participants! The adult network-
ing was awesome! Thanks to local school counselors and parent coordinators for getting the students out. Thank you, Jazz artist Aziza Miller, who enabled us to buy paper and make copies for sign-in sheets. We were able to make posters, purchase tablecloths, etc., to help supplement our funding from the Riverbay Fund. Thanks to DB US Holding Corporation for the $300 donation. Thanks to Dave’s Killer Organic Whole Grain Bread for healthy snacks. Thanks to Riverbay Fund for sponsoring Angela Logan’s Mortgage Apple Cakes, a woman-minorityowned business. Also, for payment to Pulse Academy who filmed the event for the Fund. The College of New Rochelle, Co-op City Campus, opened their doors to enable this community event to happen. We are forever grateful for their warm hospitality. —Evelyn M. Turner
To the Editor: I was disappointed that the Co-op Times would print a director’s viewpoint praising the late Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro. Waves of educated people fled communist terrorism in Cuba. That island nation also exported terrorism to our shores. Robert Mugabe, a corrupt Marxist who headed the government of Zimbabwe, also won praise in the viewpoint for his “accomplishments.” He is notable for destroying the economy of his country, leading to widespread food shortages. A similar situation exists today, incidentally, in Venezuela, where rampant inflation has resulted in an inability to buy consumer goods. The United Nations (also praised), in my opinion, has a terrible track record. While attempting to build a smokescreen around their true intentions, the U.N. has been active in building a one-world government, which, I believe, would lead to the end of national sovereignty. To me, their Human Rights Commission is a joke, containing the most dictatorial countries. The U.N. is not our friend, and I believe the US should get out of the UN. —David Hammer
Co-op City’s 50th Anniversary Banquet Tickets Available Online Shareholders who would like to attend Co-op City’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance on December 10th at Marina del Rey can now order tickets online by logging on to www.co-opcitygala.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $125 each with a limited number of discounts available to shareholders qualified under SCRIE and DRIE. Special prices for tables and journal ads are available for Riverbay’s official community organizations. For more information, call 347-913-4226.
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.
Proposed 50 Cents Laundry Increase To the Editor: I am writing in opposition to Board of Directors First Reading #18-35 printed in the Co-op City Times (Oct. 6, 2018). According to this resolution, the contract would “modernize the laundry rooms with new washers and dryers with an increase in revenue for Riverbay…” In my opinion, this resolution would increase revenue to the Riverbay Corporation at the expense of the cooperators who would have to pay 50 cents more to wash. I believe this is unfair to larger families who have more to wash. I ask everyone who reads this to contact a member of the board and express your concerns about this resolution. —Robert Krebs
Community Concerns To the Editor: I have been a resident of Co-op City for 29 years and I have never been late with my Maintenance, yet going back to my years here, I have never seen so many penalties being issued on cooperators as I have seen over the last five years. Resolutions are being passed to fine us, yet we elect our directors to work on our behalf, not against us. We elect them to produce on the promises made to us, for example, modernize our lobbies, build a youth center for our teenagers, and so on. Instead, what we have is urine under our buildings, dogs making a mess everywhere. Let’s get going and produce on the promises made. Let’s see less spending on outside activities and more conservative spending on activities closer to home where more shareholders can participate. Lastly, someone please pick up the phone when we call for cooperator services. —Jose L. Rosado
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Public Safety Report
CCPD Recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
BY LIEUTENANT PAM APOLLO economic independence for survivors of abuse. Since September 30, 2014, October has been Unfortunately, children can often be innocent victims of domestic abuse. known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Nearly four children die every day in this country as a result of abuse or neglect. Domestic violence is a multi-faceted problem that Most of them are under four years old. Almost half will not live to their first takes on many different forms and affects many peobirthday. Up to 10 million children in this country are exposed to domestic viople. Awareness of the early stages of domestic violence lence each year. If anyone suspects a child is the victim of neglect or abuse, notify the authorities immediately. Early intervention can easily avert a tragedy. may help people avert a serious problem. The best thing to Before striking a child, reach out for help and get someone to watch the child and do if you suspect domestic violence is to seek assistance. seek immediate assistance. You should notify authorities if you are a victim of domestic violence or you witness or suspect domestic violence. ImmediIn New York City, GET HELP NOW–GET SAFE, call 1-800-942-6906; TTY ately call 9-1-1 if a violent situation is taking place. In Co-op City, the Departfor the Hearing Impaired is 1-800-818-0656. New York City 24-hour Domestic ment of Public Safety should be notified at (718) 671-3050 if the incident is takViolence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-621-4673; TTY for hearing impaired is 1-800-810-7444. New York City Courts general information can be reached by ing place within the community. phone at (646) 386-4500. Bronx Criminal Court can be reached at (718) 590The term “domestic violence” refers to any situation where persons are living 2000 and Family Court at (718) 590-3318. Seek outside help if you have any together in a domestic partnership or have a child/children in common. Domestic violence incidents may be heard in either criminal court, family court or both. In problems or questions regarding a situation you may be encountering. Nationthe case where there is violence and the persons are not in a domestic relationwide, people can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799SAFE or visit www.TheHotline.org. ship, the cases are heard in criminal court only. Domestic violence and other School is open, drive carefully. Never pass a stopped school bus from either types of violence against a person are never acceptable regardless of a person’s side of the street with a STOP sign displayed or its red lights flashing. This sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or any other characteristic. Laws are stricter when injuries result from domestic violence. means children are loading or unloading. Be aware of pedestrians and bike riders The good news about domestic violence is that there is a lot of help out there. when operating a motor vehicle. Bike riders must refrain from riding bicycles Remember, if a situation does not feel right, it probably is not. Not every case of near buildings and shopping centers. Bicycle riders must (Continued on page 30) domestic abuse or violence is as obvious or as graphic as the incidents portrayed on television. If you feel as though you or a family member or a friend may be the victim of domestic violence, reach For information on CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES ONLY, please contact: out for assistance. It is also wise for the person who Lenya Garcia at Lgarcia@riverbay corp.com; and Anatoliy Budnitskiy at email@example.com. has committed some level of abuse to seek help Please note that emails should be sent to both parties. before the situation escalates. The sooner you seek help, the more resources will be available and the Please DO NOT email resumes for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES to the aforementioned emails. fewer penalties an offender may face. If you are in a For EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, please see the end of the employment listings for specific directions. relationship and you feel like injuring someone, CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES leave the situation and seek help immediately. The Center Against Domestic Violence is an There are no contract opportunities to list this week. Please check back again next week. excellent resource for information and assistance for EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES any type of domestic violence. They can be reached by telephone at (718) 439-1000 or online at cadvny.org. According to their mission statement, The Center Against Domestic Violence leads the way to a society free from abuse by offering education and prevention programs and promoting well-being and
OPPORTUNITIES AT CO-OP CITY
Public Safety Blotter September 23 - October 6, 2018 September 23 – 120 Aldrich Street One male was removed from the Veterans Park after he was observed in possession of a marijuana cigarette. He was issued a summons and released. September 24 – 100 Debs Place A cooperator was the victim of a scam reportedly run from Nigeria. The scammer claimed to have been an agent from home care & family support financial service and offered money in the sum of $50,000.00 as aid to select individuals. The victim was instructed to send a copy of her driver's license, as well as a processing fee of $750.00 via Western Union. The victim did as she was instructed, then was informed by Western Union that her money was delivered to Nigeria. September 30 – 120 Donizetti Place A male observed with an open container of alcohol was issued a summons and released. October 2 – 100-140 Donizetti Place Due to a smoke condition, the lower portion of all three buildings experienced a partial loss of power. Lobby and hallway lights and elevator service were not affected. CCPD and FDNY units conducted wellness checks on all individuals with special needs and on life-support equipment. October 5 – 120 Erskine Place One male was issued multiple summonses and released after he entered a building to charge his phone, then became belligerent with officers.
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Bernard Cylich First Vice President
Co-op City was conceived by Abraham E. Kazan and was sponsored by the United Housing Foundation (UHF), a coalition of labor unions established by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). Kazan would eventually become Co-op City’s first president. In 1927, several decades before plans for Co-op City were on the drawing board, ACWA, under its president Sidney Hillman, developed its pioneer apartment complex, the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative, a limited-equity multi-unit residence, in the northwest Bronx. Hillman had successfully wonGovernor Al Smith’s support for the passage of the New York State Housing Act of 1926, which offered 20-year tax exemptions to limited-dividend corporations. The guiding force behind the Amalgamated residence, which has provided affordable housing for generations of Bronx families, was Kazan. Indeed, he was elected its first president and was re-elected a number of times—until, in 1971, he took a similar position in the northeast Bronx. Co-op City’s Principles Co-op City’s principles, which its residents have supported for half a century, include the following: • To serve, not profit from, its residents. • To maintain a cap on equity—apartments cannot be resold on the open market. • To remain cooperative, owned by its cooperators and free of landlords. • Non-discriminatory diversity The ideals expressed in these principles became a reality with the passage of Article II of the Private Housing Finance Law (better known as the MitchellLama Law, or M-L) in 1955 and the establishment of the state’s Housing Finance Agency (HFA). This
Synopsis of Co-op City History body had the authority to sell low-interest, tax-free bonds to finance the building of Co-op City. Under the M-L program, a total of 95,000 units, in New York City, as well as upstate, came into being. The agency financed 90 percent of the construction cost of Co-op City (Riverbay Corporation). Core Mission of M-L The core mission of the M-L program was to build housing for middle-income working families, those who were caught in a financial no-man’s land: they earned too much money to qualify for public housing, but could not afford to buy or rent on the open market. (M-L applicants would be subject to a maximumincome limitation.) In the mid-1960s, Jacob Potofsky, the president of ACWA and the head of Co-op City’s sponsoring group, UHF, campaigned for and won the support of Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor Robert Wagner (and, later, of Mayor John Lindsay) to build Co-op City. Among those who wielded shovels at Co-op City’s groundbreaking, on May 14, 1966, were some of the state’s most illustrious figures: Rockefeller, Lindsay, Co-op City president Kazan, Potofsky, Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo, and Robert Moses, chairman of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. Also included among those wielding shovels were multiracial children of applicants to Co-op City. Its non-discriminatory policy of diversity is reflected in a snapshot of Co-op City’s demographic composition, according to the 2010 census, which is as follows: • Young people less than 19 years old – 8,500, or 20 percent of total population • African Americans – 60.5 percent • Hispanics – 27.7 percent • Whites – 12.5 percent • Others – 10.5 percent A notable feature of Co-op City is that it is the largest naturally occurring retirement community (NORC) in our nation: about 19,000 cooperators who are over 62 years old live here; they constitute nearly
half (47 percent) of Co-op City’s entire population. Diversity has certainly played a role in making our community a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multireligious, middle income cooperative. Other amenities that enhance the lives of residents include the park-like setting—80 percent of the land remains open space. Apartments are airy and roomy, and shopping and community centers, with meeting rooms and auditoriums, are nearby, as are childcare centers, playgrounds, and even an outdoor stage. Eight garages are located around the community, and mass transit is easily available. Like all Mitchell-Lama cooperatives, Co-op City is supervised by the state’s division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR); applicant waiting list are nondiscriminatory; we are the beneficiary of a shelter-rent tax abatement; senior citizens, as well as cooperators with disabilities, may be eligible for rent increase exemptions (SCRIE and DRIE); the cost of gas, electricity, and air conditioning is included in the monthly carrying charges. Beacon of Affordability, Diversity and Cooperativism During the last 50 years, cooperators have waged unified struggles against corruption and unconscionable carrying charge increases, and in support of State funding of construction defects and the necessity of keeping our homes affordable and livable. At our community’s half-century landmark, we should honor the legacy we have inherited from earlier generations of cooperators by being prepared to continue the fight that has made our community what it is. Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in construction-defect repairs, contract overruns, corruption— most notably, bribery and kickbacks—mismanagement, faulty design and installation of faulty equipment, and other financial drains, Co-op City remains the best deal in town. Our theme for our 50th anniversary “Co-op City, the largest cooperative housing community in the nation, stands as a beacon of affordability, diversity, and cooperativism.”
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018 the processes in place if they feel like they weren’t served correctly. It’s better to do it afterward than at that time because sometimes things can escalate. 3. What do you like to do in your spare time? Griesinger: I like to do outdoor activities, fitness, run and play softball. I love animals. Cassells: Basketball! Basketball! Basketball! Watching, playing and playing with my kids. 4. What is the hardest part of the job? Griesinger: Seeing the families of people who died. Cassells: Dealing with fatalities, especially those who die at a young age. 5. What is the most rewarding part of the job? Griesinger: Helping someone who is in trouble. Doing what we can to make their day a little bit better. Cassells: Helping people. 6. How long have you two been partners? Griesinger: Since January. 7. What are each other’s most annoying habits? Griesinger: He’s always late. He moves in slow motion. Cassells: She’s always “hangry!” [Describes being irritable due to hunger.] 8. Do either of you speak any other languages? Griesinger: No. Cassells: No. 9. What are your favorite sport and team? Griesinger: Softball and Yankees. Cassells: Basketball and Knicks. 10. Where did you grow up? Griesinger: Upstate, New York. Cassells: North East Bronx, New York.
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11. What’s the last show/movie you watched and why did you choose to watch it? Griesinger: HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ because I like those types of shows and I want to buy a house one day. Cassells: The last movie I watched was Marvel Infinity War because I like Marvel Comics. 12. What do you like about Co-op City and what makes it special? Griesinger: The diversity and the different skills that people have. Cassells: Very diverse and inviting when you come here! “So far, the community seems excited that they have someone that they can directly reach because when you call 9-1-1, you don't know who's coming or whose responding, and it may not seem like a big issue, but it bothers many residents,” said Officer Cassells. “It’s reassuring that they can call someone and they’re going to come and help with a problem. They can feel free to email and call us to let us know what’s going on so we can address it,” Officer Griesinger said. Although Officers Griesinger and Cassells both recommend residents call 91-1 or CCPD for emergencies, shareholders can reach out to the NCO’s for any crime-related problems and complaints, as well as upcoming programs that they can attend. “We’re here to make this area safe for Co-op City shareholders,” said Officer Griesinger. Co-op City’s NCOs can be reached via phone at 718-822-5420 or by email at Jessica.Griesinger@nypd.org. You can also find them patrolling the area Sunday thru Thursday. “We’re here for Co-op City residents, we want them to use us and have faith in us,” stated Officer Cassells. “Just give us a chance because it’s a new process and we’re here trying to do our best to make an impact in residents’ lives and surroundings.”
Co-op City is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary!
A Star Is Born
A STAR IS BORN was an incredibly powerful experience. It was actually a perfect film. It is crazy when you consider that this is the fourth film of the same title remake, so it isn't original but darn if it isn’t extraordinary! I see this either cleaning house or getting tons of nominations come Oscar season. Bradley Cooper is probably the best he has ever been, EVER. Doing double-duties with him directing. He did a phenomenal job crafting a beautiful looking "nasty" film given the subject material. Alcoholism is the devil. Ruins people to the utmost degree. So incredibly sad. Bradley Cooper was heartbreaking. Lady Gaga is a force in this film. Can’t believe how good she is. Completely effortless and spectacular chemistry with Cooper. Her music in the film gave me chills. Extremely thought-provoking and poetic. The actors really brought it in spades in this film. Dave Chappelle was in this film for a short, but pivotal time. Mind-blowingly good. Also, Sam Elliot as Cooper’s brother. So many touching scenes. The music in this film is unbelievable. I dare anyone to get "Shallow" outta your heads. Incredible. A STAR IS BORN is very emotional, powerful, at times very intense, but a very beautiful film. One of the absolute best films of the year. Perfect in every way. Tenner! A STAR IS BORN, 137 minutes, Rated-R, 2018 Bradley Cooper – Director Bradley Cooper – Jackson Maine Lady Gaga – Ally Sam Elliot – Bobby Andrew Dice Clay – Lorenzo Rafi Gavron – Rez Gavron Dave Chappelle - Noodles BY TOLIY BUDNITSKIY
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Sonia Feliciano Treasurer
Dear fellow shareholders, Last week’s viewpoint covered the elections scheduled for November 6, 2018 and the challenges that many of us faced when trying to vote in the Democratic Primary in September. Lack of signage providing direction to the polling location and adequate lighting for safety going into Truman High School are primary concerns. I am happy to report that Anthony Ribustello of the Board of Elections has committed to sending a survey team to look at the area, provide flood lights and additional signage for Greetings, fellow cooperators. The following events are scheduled for the Building 10 Association: New Cooperators – Welcome all new cooperators. We look forward to seeing you at the next general membership meeting on October 23rd at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.) Halloween Candy Collection – We will be accepting candy donations for Halloween from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Building 10 Association room on the following dates: Tues., Oct. 16; Thurs., Oct. 18; Tues., Oct. 23; Thurs., Oct. 25. Halloween Candy Giveaway – The Halloween candy giveaway will be held on Wednesday, October 31, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Building 10 Association room. Mental Health Training – On October 27, from 9
Our Votes Count
direction as needed. We hope that upon review of the area, they will provide us with everything we need to vote. At stake is the Social Security trust which is expected to have a shortfall by 2034, rising prescription prices and an expected shortfall of Medicare spending by 2026. These are not too far into the future. Ensuring that we make sound decisions will go a long way for our citizens to make an informed choice on who to vote for. If it does not affect you now, it will later. Some of the offices up for grabs are: 36 of 100 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 36 of 50 states for governor. I will follow-up once again with Mr. Ribustello on the matters that were brought to his attention and provide the community with a follow-up. Many have voiced long customer service hold
Building 10 Association
a.m. – 5 p.m., a training session on Mental Health will be held in the Building 10 Association room. This training will teach participants how to help adults experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosis, and substance use disorder. All participants must register prior to the training. Class size is limited. Participants will receive a certificate for completing the 8-hour course. Light refreshments will be served. Please see the flyer in the lobby for more information. New Theatre Club – This is a social event for Building 10 cooperators. We have a limited amount of tickets to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on Dec. 22nd at 2 p.m. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The program will include the world’s most popular
“His Eye Is On The Sparrow”
Just like the ‘lowest’ form of our inhabitants from the tiniest insect to the tallest and strongest oak tree, they survive and flourish without the help of mankind, because our God has blessed and prepared them to face all atrocities without their asking. We as a people are also part of His creation and are no less blessed. We are blessed without asking. Imagine what exalting things can happen when we do ask. “He hears our plea before we call, He sees our tears before they fall, and through all things we are covered”… —Frank W. Mayes
Benedetto, Bailey Continue 2018 Co-op City Lobby Visits
Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and State Senator Jamaal Bailey will be visiting the lobbies in Co-op City on the following dates: • Wednesday, October 17, 600 Baychester Ave. (Building #16B), and • Thursday, October 25, 100 BelMichael Benedetto Jamaal Bailey lamy Loop (Building #21A). The lobby visits provide the folks of Co-op City an opportunity to discuss a broad range of topics with their elected officials in a special one-on-one setting just steps from their front door. “I always feel that an elected official has an obligation to keep in touch with those who elected him,” said Assemblyman Benedetto. “To this end, I do these visits and they have always proved to be a delight.” The assemblyman, along with State Senator Bailey, will be in the lobbies of the aforementioned buildings from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. All are invited to come and discuss whatever is on their mind.
times, rude associates lacking training and knowledge when calling the various offices to make an appointment or speak with someone; there is no room for bad behavior. The key to good customer service is not to meet the expectation, but to exceed them. While Management is working towards a new phone system which is months away, they have committed to hiring additional personnel to take calls and respond accordingly. Poor service is just an excuse, and we should not be accepting bad behavior. Get the name of the person you spoke with and ask to speak to the supervisor/manager of those departments or send emails if you can. We are shareholders and they work for us. Shareholders First – We Matter. Please vote on November 6th, we count. You can write me @ 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY or you can call me on 917-992-7311. Thank you. work of modern dance, Revelations. Tickets are $31.50 on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please call 718-320-2366. New Travel Group – On May 4, 2019, you are hereby invited to join us on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship – Anthem of the Seas. We will be cruising to the beautiful islands of Bermuda. The cost per person for a double occupancy inside cabin is $948.92. The cost per person for a double occupancy ocean view cabin is $1068.92. A deposit of $250 is due ASAP. For more information, please call 718-320-2366. Breast Cancer Awareness – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t forget to schedule your mammogram. Have a great week. —Jewel Crawford-Duncan
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Mary Pearson Secretary
The Good, the Bad and the Scary
So how was your week, Co-op citizens? I had a pretty good one. I trotted off to line dancing one evening (so glad it’s in Section 5 two nights a month), continued learning some of the ropes of keeping the complex moving in the right direction, made some progress on the upcoming months-long 50th year celebration, and took a great bus-boat-bus trip with my building. Would you like details? Sure you would. Line dancing is self-explanatory, so I’ll start with the Board meeting that took place on October 3rd. Resolutions Several resolutions came up for a discussion and a vote that Wednesday evening and you can read them in their entirety in last week’s Co-op City Times…but here are the “cliff notes” versions. I’m sure most of you are aware of the periodic building inspection and maintenance that’s required under Local Law 11. The façades must be inspected every five years (following the completion of the last go ‘round) for loose bricks and other chunks that might fly off and injure passersby. The inspection is undertaken and the necessary repairs assessed by workers and overseers on scaffolds. If the building’s condition is judged unsafe, rented bridges and fencing are put in place. The fencing must either stretch out half the length of the height of the building or up to the curb. That explains why a Section 5 playground has been fenced off for nearly two years, awaiting bids and approval, while Garage 8 is not fenced off at all. As a neighbor speculated, “The only way a kid in the playground will be hit by a chunk of concrete is if you pick it up and throw it at him!” The protective bridging is necessary; the fencing, not so much. Anyone want to challenge Local Law 11 on the grounds of...“duh?” Section 5 residents will be delighted to hear that the resolution to hire the company that had submitted the lowest responsible bid, passed by a margin of four votes — one of them mine, and that repair work will soon begin – depending on your definition of “soon.” As far as I’m concerned, there are also different definitions of “responsible.” If this potential work hadn’t lingered so dreadfully long, I wouldn’t have cast a “yes” vote for a non-union company. I believe in doing a job right and doing it once, and to me, that means union labor. The second unanimously-passed resolution of the night gives a chosen company the go-ahead to complete and install our new boiler. A third resolution was passed 13 to 1 to start the multi-year process of upgrading our 117-vehicle fleet via a leasing and maintenance agreement. That means matching, spiffy new vehicles for the community in the near future. We then deliberated the last resolution of the evening which entailed banning smoking anywhere and everywhere in the complex, inside and out. I’m sorry, non-smokers. I voted against the resolution that was defeated by three votes. I’ve written before about smoking. I can’t see telling people to stop doing something that’s legal in their own apartment. I do believe mightily in consideration, though, and I would encourage the corporation to, perhaps, buy home air purifiers in bulk to distribute to smokers and sensitive non-smokers alike at cost. We could insist and assist smokers in their attempt to contain their smoke in their own space, including sealing any spaces shared between apartments. We can do this. 50th Anniversary Gala The December 10th Gala is quickly approaching! I see it as a bride-less wedding, except nicer. Instead of bringing a one hundred and twenty-five dollar present, you just buy a ticket. Community organizations and building associations are being offered a fundraising option to buy a table for ten for the price of eight or a table for twelve for the price of ten, yielding $250 for the group’s coffers, either way, and a swell time for the group’s members. People are asking, “What do I get for my $125?” Aside from the cocktail hour, open bar, fancy dinner, a champagne toast, live entertainment and DJ dancing, you get a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate your community with people who love Co-op City just as much as you. See you there? Bus-Boat-Bus My building arranged the best trip ever. We bussed down to Pennsylvania, had lunch on the Spirit of Philadelphia — complete with dancing, got back on the bus and picked up our tour guide. The guide took us on an African-American-centric two-hour excursion through the city. We almost lost one of us at one of the stops. It was at the museum with the 99 steps Sylvester Stallone runs up in Rocky. I believe our almost-left-behind passenger wasn’t climbing the steps so much as buying an ice cream cone, but in any case, our driver circled back around to the rescue. I won’t spill any other details just in case you have a similar trip planned. All I will say is thank you, Thalia Roach, Sharon Sargeant, Margie Del-
gado, and Nelson Sweeting, for organizing such a fun and educational experience. Halloween (or Harvest?) Speaking of a “Sweeting.” Last year, resident Diane Sweeting placed herself and a big bowl of candy in our lobby on October 31st. I’ve since urged we all do that on Halloween. Let’s go buy some spooky decorations for the entrance doorways letting the little one’s know where to go for treats. It’s great that we organize weekend ghoulish parties, building by building, as well as the big community center bash, but nothing beats trick-or-treating door-to-door on Halloween itself. If the kids know which lobbies are little-monster-friendly, there will be no need to knock on the doors of residents who would prefer not to be disturbed. Win-win-win-win: for the kids, the candy givers, the recluses, and the dentists! Thanks for reading; 718-219-2211.
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018 At the blink of an eye, we will be in the holiday whirlwind, so if you would like to volunteer for our annual parties, decorating and collecting, please let a Building 13 officer know. The earlier, the better. If dates permit, there will be a party for the youth at the end of the month. We do not want to clash with Riverbay’s Haunted House experience. We will be collecting for a journal ad in the 50th Gala Celebration and will set a date for all to be in the building picture. Depending on what we collect will determine the size of the ad. At the last Building and Grounds meeting, one of our building representatives, Annice Bailey, reported the elevator call lights out in Car #4, the exposed rebar on the staircase and other items of concern. We also congratulated Michael Ambo on his promotion to director of the Grounds department. I will keep reminding you until we get it right!! New York City has a leash and curb your dog law and so does Co-op City. With that being said, we ask that you be considerate of your neighbors and curb and pick up after your dog. “Curb” does not mean under the portico or in the grass, and remember, your dog should be on a leash at all times. The 7th Annual College, Career and Resource Fair was a great success. I have some information and telephone numbers and hope to bring some of the speakers back to the community. It was held at the College of New Rochelle, 755 Co-op City Blvd. (near MCU and in the area of National Wholesale Liquidators). There was something for everyone, CUNY, SUNY and HBCU’s. Checks for Building 13 events should be made payable to Building 13 Assoc. Inc. and mailed to 100 Casals Place #32K, Bronx, NY 10475. Contacts: Gail Sharbaan, treasurer, at 718-671-3801 or Leslie Peterson at 718-320-1370 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our website is http://www.bldg13assoc.com or email us at email@example.com. Thanks for making our team work. —Leslie Peterson
Building 13 Association
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Building 9 Association
Greetings, Building 9 family. A member suggested the use of a popular anti-theft device on your vehicle’s steering wheel when parked in the garage. We lost the services of the #1 boiler in the power plant last week. As a result, we were temporarily unable to have hot water in our apartments last Friday. The hot water was back online overnight for the Saturday wake up. At the Buildings & Grounds meeting last week, I requested additional lighting for the walkway behind Building 9 in an effort to discourage an unsavory element from hanging out and creating a nuisance under cover of darkness. CCPD and the NYPD NCOs will make routine checks of that area as well. Please do your part and report any quality of life issues to CSO, CCPD and/or NYPD NCOs. At the time of this writing, the City Council hearing on the city’s proposed full-service Animal Shelter in Co-op City is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9 at 2 p.m., at 250 Broadway in Manhattan. Director Peterson was able to secure a bus to transport those who wish to attend the hearing. Please attend, support, speak up. Also, on Tuesday, October 9, the MTA will be in Co-op City for a Redesign workshop at 7 p.m. Please plan to attend. We will be in building lobbies this coming week to further promote our Senior Engagement Project. The project has as its core mission to include, involve, empower and to enrich the lives of our most senior neighbors, especially those who may feel isolated, lonely, depressed or those who just don’t get out to socialize like they used to. For those born between 1920 and 1950, we would love to have you participate in the project. Our first event is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, at 7 p.m. The event will be a short Oral History about any life-subject (your childhood, your work, your family, the old neighborhood, etc.) you would like to share with us. The second event is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m. The event will be a Show and Tell event for photos, mementos, hobby crafts, etc. The third event is scheduled for Saturday, February 23. It will be a vintage fashion show. Please plan to join us. Share with us what is important to you. A volunteer meeting will be scheduled for next week. We will begin Halloween lobby decorating on October 23rd and 24th. We will begin Building 9 holiday collections the week after Thanksgiving. Our annual Year-end Celebration event will occur on Saturday, December 8th. Join us. Please support your building association executive board as we endeavor to support you. “Invisible wounds are the hardest to heal. Their closure requires others, patience and, most of all, time.” —Jennifer Lee Worth —Linda Collins
Building 25 Association
We all know that fall season is a prelude to winter season. During the fall season, there are still lots of hot days ahead. This is the time to start planning your winter months before it gets too cold outside, for example: you may want to wash your windows, decorate your terrace for Christmas holidays, just don’t turn on until later, do some overdue painting in your apartment, start packing away summer apparels while taking out the winter apparels. Maybe take the family on a short trip, go leaf-peeping, go for a hayride, collect colorful fall leaves. Our next meeting has been rescheduled for October 23, at 7:30 p.m. If you cannot make it to meetings due to scheduling or other obstacles in your way, please log onto our building email address at firstname.lastname@example.org and address your emails to any or all members of Building 25 Association. Friendly reminder, our building annual dues are $5 per family. We would like to thank the residents who have paid their annual dues. Dues are collected at our monthly meetings by Carol Eilets, treasurer, or Celeste Stukes, asst. treasurer. I will close with the following quote: “No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.” —Samuel Johnson —Wanda Bailey The building association wishes to thank all cooperators who paid their building dues. It is very nice when you pay early, we can avoid the cold weather we are expecting soon. It gets very uncomfortable sitting in the cold lobby. We collected from 62 apartments as of Friday. Please keep up the good work, we have 322 apartments to go. We are in the process of getting the envelopes ready to put under your door. Halloween will be here soon; we will have goodie bags for our children up to age 12 years old in the lobby at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Anyone who wishes to donate candy, can do so by Oct. 26. Anyone who wishes to help decorate the lobby, please come down on Monday, the 15th of Oct. Please bring any decorations you may have. We need help and people with ideas. Our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Marguerite Bain on the loss of her husband, John Bain, who passed away on Sunday morning. John was a fun-loving guy who will be missed. Rest in peace, John. Get well wishes to the sick and the shut-in. Feel better soon. —Patricia Bonaparte
Building 33 Association
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Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Jerome L. Rice
How many of you receive letters requesting your 2013 taxes? Just like 2012, they want you to justify someone who doesn’t reside or who is too young to work, but is on your income affidavit. Herein is the problem with the NYS tax department program which is that it is not aligned with HCR’s system, and, as a result, you are going to be asked to pay $2 per person to resolve such matter. The solution is to reach out to the NYS Tax division and share your concerns. We have over 55,000 residents and each year the state wants just $2 per audit. I call on our state elected officials to fix this problem before it gets out of hand. Thanks, Douglas Elliman Sometimes you simply have to give credit where credit is due. During the summer months, due to the close coordination with ConEd, Management was able to rake in $4.4 million instead of the projected $2.3 million. What was good about this is that at no time did they ever turn off the lights for the garages. So it pays to save energy and at the same time keep safety as a priority. On Friday, the elevators at both Garage 1 & 2 are scheduled to proceed. According to Executive General Manager Bob Klehammer, all the garage elevators will be completed for upgrade by the end of the year. December 10th will be the beginning of remodeling the elevators. So change is coming. Fleet Management/Laundry Room Renovation I am pleased to have sponsored Resolution #1834, which calls for Fleet Management by Enterprise. The contract calls for updated vehicles, GPS to monitor the vehicles’ whereabouts and maintenance services. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler are the choice of vehicles that will be arriving. I also sponsored Resolution #18-35, which calls for the renovation of all laundry rooms. How To Properly Conduct An Investigation As a Correction Captain, I conducted several investigations on both staff and inmates. Because there are always two sides to a story, one must not be biased. One must question everyone and everything. One must remove their personal biases, which could affect the entire integrity of the investigation. When concluding an investigation, one must include their findings on each and every concern and not choose to leave anything out. If the investigator has a close working relationship with the subject(s), he/she should remove themselves from the equation to maintain the integrity of the investigation. Finally, any wrongdoing found, that person must be held accountable to prevent repeated behavior. Shareholder First A shareholder said that the in-fighting should stop, so that things can get done. That is true to an extent. What if the fighting is to prevent others from spending your money foolishly because they think they can? An approved budget is not the approval to spend foolishly. I’m a shareholder first, then a Board member. Board members are elected to oversee management and ensure that shareholders’ money is spent both wisely and responsibly. When I make any decision, I remember that I am a shareholder first. Security Committee welcomes Chief J. Riley The Security Committee had a meeting with Chief Riley of CCPD who was very receptive of our concerns. The committee provided the Chief with five focus areas: Pets – We want all pet owners to adhere to the agreed policy or receive a community complaint. Electric Bikes – Electric Bikes are illegal
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in NYC and we want deliverymen to receive summons for failing to comply. Quality of Life – We believe that if you focus on the basic things, living conditions will improve. For example, nothing should be hung from windows and balconies. Loitering – We’ve heard of people hanging out and making a lot of noise at night. Dispatch discipline – Dispatchers should be more sensitive to shareholders’ concerns and know that they work for the shareholders, not the other way around. Board Development Training October 19-21, most of us will be attending Board Development Training; this is your opportunity to voice what type of training your directors should receive for that weekend. In other words, is it financially responsible to have the same directors
attend training for the same thing? Here are some of my suggestions: whistleblower policy, unethical behavior and side-by-side comparisons and the role of a director. FREE C.P.R. Training By FDNY On Thursday, November 15, the FDNY is scheduled to provide Free C.P.R. training to the Security Committee and all volunteers. So far, the Security Committee has already received NARCAN training in September and now C.P.R. in November. Director & co-chair Cheryl Jenkins is working on having the shooting simulator training brought back, so that our members will get a clear understanding about what Law Enforcement Officers actually go through in a shooting situation. As chair, I will continue to keep our community safe and its members educated.
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Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Building 21 Association
Success is achieved when we all thrive… We have received texts, emails, and phone calls asking “should we start a petition for around the clock security/lobby attendants, and to move the location of the animal shelter, and to reroute the buses, and the water supply, etc.?” Petitions are good, but they are not always the answer. The answers that will create the changes we want and need are action, passion and responsibility to this community which must become our daily mantra. Action, passion and responsibility; not just when something has been popularized by the media; (like a tragic event, etc.), but as our way of living. We have moved so swiftly through this year. Ask yourself about what YOU have done for your community to help make it better from January until now. If the answer is “not enough,” it is not too late to change that. We offer these suggestions as to how we all can help make this a better richer more caring, safer Co-op City. Success is seeing other people thrive along with you. Wouldn’t it be great to help and see other people thrive because you have lived? That is just a small part of the conversation we have in the Tank. “Think Tank at Building 21” is in session every Friday, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. except Christmas and New Year’s. We are located in the rear of 21B and your ideas are needed for the progression of this crucial neighborhood project. Our next 21 Association gathering will be Thursday, October 25th. The topic with a special guest will be our water supply. Mark your calendars, and everyone, from all buildings, plan to attend. If you have any questions regarding The 21 Association, you have three ways of gaining information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call: 347.504.1821, and you can attend your monthly meetings which are held every 4th Thursday in The Gathering Room in the rear of 21B (120 Bellamy Loop) at 7 p.m. Floor Captains are an absolute necessity in every building… Thanks to the cooperators of Building 21 who have stepped up to the plate and volunteered to be Floor Captain for their floor. You are truly appreciated. All we ask of anyone kind enough to be a Floor Captain is as follows: 1. CONTACT NUMBERS (FOR YOUR FLOOR ONLY): LIST ALL EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS AND DISTRIBUTE TO EACH NEIGHBOR 2. CO-OP CITY TIMES: PLACE THEM AT EACH APARTMENT DOOR (Delivered on Saturdays) 3. ELEVATOR NOTICES: READ THEM AND TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS ABOUT THEM 4. PROMOTE: MEETINGS, CLUBS AND GATHERINGS 5. ENCOURAGE YOUR NEIGHBORS TO: VOTE – VOTE – VOTE! IN THE RIVERBAY ELECTION MAKE CALLS TO THE RIVERBAY OFFICES SECURITY 718-671-3050 • CSO OFFICES 718-320-3300 We are passionate about our community. Come and join us in the 21 Association “Gathering Room” some time. Bring a friend with you to the next General Meeting or Think Tank. Each one of us, multiplied by all of us, equals A FORCE FOR GOOD. See you around the neighborhood! —Michelle Marbury
Ghanaian Association of Co-op City
October General Meeting: The general meeting will be on Saturday, October 20, at the Einstein Community Center, room 38, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please call 347-773-3499 if you have any questions. About Us: The Ghanaian Association of Co-op City (GACC) is a not-forprofit organization with the purpose of promoting the general welfare of the Ghanaian community in Co-op City. The objectives of the association include providing educational programs to members, building a capacity for greater involvement in the activities of the community, and providing a platform to address issues of common concern to members and the Co-op City community. Key Priorities: Build a stronger unified Ghanaian community in Co-op City Strengthen engagement in the Co-op City community activities Provide opportunities for members (for their families & especially the children) Provide social, economic and emotional support to members and their families 2018 Program & Activities October 20th – Seminar on Marriage Counselling November 24th – General Meeting December 22nd – End of Year Party/Love Feast Dues: Members are reminded to pay your dues. You can now pay using credit card. Pay the entire year’s dues now and get a discount. T-Shirts: If you don’t have the association t-shirt yet, please get yours for only $15! You may get additional t-shirts for family and friends. Please Join Us: We need your support. Please join us. We invite you to come to our next general meeting. Call 347-773-3499. UNITY IS STRENGTH! JOIN US TODAY! LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! Coop Ghanama OR www.facebook.com/ gacc2013. —Seth Osei-Fosu
Building 26 Association
Fall greetings to all of our Co-op City families, friends, merchants, and new residents. Please get out, weather permitting, and enjoy a leisurely stroll throughout our beautiful community. Congratulations to everyone celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, new births, and other celebrated events during the month of October. Well wishes for a speedy recovery to those of you who are sick, hospitalized, and/or homebound. Be a good neighbor and check in on your elderly and/or sick neighbor(s). Our sincere condolences to those families who have, unfortunately, experienced the loss of a loved one. May God bless you with strength during your difficult time of bereavement. If you see something, please say something by calling 9-1-1 for emergencies and 3-1-1 for non-emergencies. Please dispose of your garbage into the nearest receptacle. Help keep our community clean and beautiful! —YuVonne Lewis
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Updates From Our Board Meeting on October 3, 2018
Daryl Johnson We had an energized board meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, that went on until midnight. Then, feeling tired, we decided to end that meeting. Nevertheless, I want this community to see some of the things that we discussed. Elevators Work was supposed to have started on replacing some of the elevators here. But, as you read last week, there is an ongoing discussion with the NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) agency because they want Riverbay to purchase a performance bond for $380,000. Objecting, Riverbay stated in a letter that, “90% of the project cost will not be disbursed to the contractor until elevators have been modernized, inspected, approved by NYC DOB, and placed into service.” Then, the final comments in this letter were, “We are respectfully asking for HCR’s support, but if not, we are prepared to move ahead with this contract in the absence of HCR’s approval.” Many years ago, Riverbay accepted new elevators with motors that were allegedly too small for our buildings. So, those small motors were allegedly wearing out at a rapid pace. A legal court settlement then took place wherein Riverbay accepted a 25year warranty on those motors. However, as time went on, the manufacturer allegedly told Riverbay that they did not keep those motors in stock. So, they would have to build a new motor every time that Riverbay requested a replacement motor. And, building a new motor could take up to six months to complete. Interesting, huh? Anyway, these new elevators are going to cost Riverbay $37 million. And, as you can see, we could have a tremendous problem on our hands if a motor blows out. For instance, the motors in the tower buildings have to travel up 33 floors all day long. So, can you imagine waiting six months to get a replaceWelcome, fellow cooperators! It’s been awhile since we’ve reported on the happening of Building 11. Let’s catch up. September Noted number of illnesses/deaths. As neighbors, we’re family in how we care and support each other. Cooperator Lucille Downs thanked everyone for their kind wishes on the loss of her husband. Guest speaker, Junius Williams, Riverbay Board director and chairperson of the Cooperator Appeals Committee, was very proud to report the initiation of Internal Controls of the Community Complaints Process. This system will outline “controls and procedures” to monitor the process/next steps of community complaints: Record keeping, Log maintenance, Policies and Procedures, Work Flows, Supervision & Monitoring, Reporting & Follow-up Process, Inter-department Communication/Feedback, Reporting of status of complaints, Periodic reconciliation, Compliance with dog enforcement procedures, Application of fees & adherence to fee schedule. Also noted, the importance of getting involved; urged people to run for office to become Board members. October Welcomed the return of Deborah Henry. Deborah thanked everyone for their wishes, prayers and concerns for her/her family. She graciously and openly shared how from July 4th until her recent return, it was God’s plan – and when she couldn’t pray – she knew others were praying for her/ her family.
ment motor in those buildings? Regardless, according to the state regulations, HCR has control over our board. And, they can issue demands and remove our entire board if we don’t accede to their demands. So, I personally do not want us to get into a battle with them. Therefore, I hope that we will be able to resolve this matter. Bottom line: What do you think about Riverbay allegedly receiving smaller motors in our buildings? What do you think about that settlement for a 25-year warranty on those motors? What do you think about the possibility of waiting six months for a replacement motor? What would you have done if you had to deal with these matters? I hope that everyone here will learn some good business lessons from this case. Power Plant - Resolution 18-33 Back in 2014, it was estimated that it was going to cost $4,040,000 for a new boiler and between $4.5 and $5 million for it to be installed. Then, on October 12, 2014, a new 150-ton boiler was shipped by barge from Oklahoma to Co-op City. Traffic was then blocked off by the NYPD and CCPD for over about 75 minutes as this massive piece of equipment was brought down by a trailer along Co-op City Boulevard to the power plant. Then, shockingly, it was discovered that this gigantic boiler could not fit into the power plant. Moreover, it was discovered that the ground could not support the weight of this boiler. So, this boiler sat outside the power plant for an extended period of time. Then, at some point, Riverbay found a way to get this boiler inside of our power plant. And, now, resolution #18-33 was passed to install this boiler at a cost of $6,211,944. The power plant also made $4.4 million by exporting power 5 times to Con Ed. New Vehicles — Resolution #18-34 This resolution states that Enterprise/Fleet Management is going to lease and maintain “approximately 25 new vehicles per year with the goal of leasing all new vehicles within five (5) years.” This resolution easily passed. No Smoking Policy — Resolution #18-30 This resolution required management “to prepare
Carver Loop Civic Association Events City Council Meeting (City Hall) – 10/9. Animal Shelter. Riverbay sponsored buses to attend. It’s important for all to attend. Councilman fully supports our efforts and needs the show of support from the community. Building and Ground Meeting – 10/2. President will attend. Cooperators with issues need to contact her so concerns are fairly represented. All issues must be properly documented. 50th Anniversary Gala. If interested in attending, you can obtain tickets. May collectively attend/ seated. Meeting with MTA – 10/9. Meet with representatives to discuss issues. Addressed concerns regarding the association’s finances and efforts to raise funds. Meetings with Executive/Scholarship Committees will be held to review dues and initiate fundraising ideas. Halloween – donations/volunteers needed. To offset costs asking cooperators to donate candy. Volunteers needed to bag candy and distribute on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31. Contact building officers. Proposal of candidates for officers Building 11 Association. Election of new officers proposed by year end for election 2019. Guest speakers: 45th Precinct, Neighborhood Coordination Officers, introduced themselves as community officers for Co-op City and City Island. Officers are assigned, along with two others, to
for the board’s review and approval a smoking policy that prohibits smoking anywhere in or outside Riverbay property. …” But, in the case of residents living along Co-op City Boulevard, Dreiser Loop, and other areas, Riverbay owns the property near the buildings and across the street from the buildings. So, some people might have a problem. This resolution defined smoking as, “inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, electronic cigarette, vape device, pipe or other form of lighted object or device which contains tobacco, marijuana, or any other material to produce smoke.” According to Riverbay, shareholders can receive community complaints if their visitors violate our policies. So, let’s say that you live on Dreiser Loop and you don’t allow anyone to smoke in your apartment. Then, you invite your family and friends over to have a nice time. And, they respect your wishes and go outside to smoke on Riverbay’s property. Well, what should happen at that point? After receiving an order from HUD to be smokefree by July 30, 2018, NYCHA solved a similar problem by letting people smoke 25 feet away from their buildings. Additionally, NYCHA developed several policies to deal with smokers. All of these points were discussed during our board meeting. Thereafter, I stated that this resolution should be modified. Then, I voted yes. However, a majority of the board members voted no. So, this resolution did not pass. Close Despite not having a smoking policy, I hope that we will still care about our neighbors. Thank you. Questions or comments? Please send a letter to: Daryl H. Johnson, Riverbay Board Director, c/o Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475. Also, please call me at 718-671-4544 if you would like to have a discussion with me. Okay, that’s it for now. So, please have a wonderful week. And, may God bless you and your family. Thank you.
patrol/respond to calls within Co-op City. Pledged they’re here to serve our community and view our building association meetings as viable and important in addressing concerns/issues. Working in conjunction with Co-op City Public Safety. Jessica Griesinger, Jessica.Griesinger@nypd.org; Dean Cassells, Dean.Cassells@nypd.org; (718) 822-5452. We thanked the officers for attending and look forward to working with them in the future. Thanked LifeSpire for attending and representing their group homes as co-cooperators. Next meeting will be Monday, November 5. We welcome all shareholders to attend. —Toni Thomas-Lyons
Co-op City 50th Anniversary Gala Special pricing for Certified Community Organizations If you are a certified community organization in Co-op City; tickets, tables and journal ads may be purchased at a discount for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Gala. For more information, call: 347-913-4226.
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
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Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Community Relations Is On The Move
Good morning. I am excited and proud to assume the position as chairperson of the Community Relations Committee of the Riverbay Fund, along with my co-chair Francine Reva Jones. We will be working closely with the director of Community Relations, Michelle Sajous, and her staff. The Riverbay Fund’s Vision and Mission “believes that education, culture and recreation are powerful tools with which to engage communities in various levels of change. We provide a multitude of opportunities for social cohesion for all Co-op City residents by providing an apparatus for community participation. Our programs are a means to public dialogue, contribute to the development of our community’s creative learning, create a healthy community capable of action, provide a powerful tool for community mobilization and activism, and help build community capacity and leadership.” The Community Relations Committee kicked off its first meeting on Thursday, September 13. I informed the committee that this is an inclusive committee, we are a team and a working committee, we are here for solutions and ideas to help make the quality of life in Co-op City better than any other community. Everyone on the committee will have a responsibility. Although we have many events for all age groups here in the community, there seems to be a disparity in reaching our young adults ages 21 - 40. We need more programs geared to that group so that they can become more involved in their community. We need our Co-op City millennials to join us in our efforts to help move this community into the 21st Century. We need your support and ideas! Sorry, NO complaints, only solutions!
There are many talented shareholders in our community and we plan to find them. Prior to me taking on this new responsibility, the committee implemented a program called the Money Saving Awards Program in 2014. I support this program and encourage the community to do so as well. It’s a great program that awards the best three ideas to help save the corporation, along with providing a better quality of life in the community. An example of the success of the program is the motion lighting that we have in our compactor room which saves us energy, and the vending machines that are bringing revenue to the corporation. Stay tuned for information regarding this Money Saving Awards program and others. Technology is on the rise in Co-op City I am thrilled to yet again chair the Technology Committee. I would like to thank the Riverbay Technology department under the direction of its director, Irfan Nadeem, who has worked feverishly in accomplishing our goals. We are excited about our new targets and we welcome ideas from the community. The Technology department has been working diligently to get the network upgraded so they can provide quality service to the employees and the community. We are excited to announce that our long-awaited new website is currently in progress, and we are thrilled that it will have a fresh new look. The site will be created with a visually appealing interface and a smooth user experience. With advanced features like streamlined navigation and intuitive functionality, the site will provide visitors with easy access to helpful information about our community and services that are offered, as well as details that will help shareholders find information at their fingertips. By mid-2019, we anticipate a new one-stop, centralized Customer Care Center that will provide shareholders with better quality service and transparency. Shareholders will have one number to call for all services. Additionally, our property manage-
ment software, Yardi, has been upgraded and will have the ability to track all work orders and Maintenance staff. This will allow for added accountability and improved work performance. Garage Department While the Garage department goes through its upgrade, it is important to read the Co-op City Times for up-to-date information. These disruptions will allow for significant improvements and provide you with a better parking experience. We apologize for any disruption or inconvenience this work may cause. Please pack your patience as we continue to bring our community into the 21st Century. C.L.A.A.Y (Project Citizen) Cooperative Leadership Action Among Youth I am excited to bring the C.L.A.A.Y program to Co-op City. We have completed our recruitment phase with just a few spaces left (space is limited) and we are always looking for volunteers. The program is called Project Citizen and can be found on YouTube. It’s a portfolio-based Civic Education Program for grades 5-12. The program helps students understand Public Policy and use this information to create change in their community. We need to provide our young people with challenging civic experiences. We need to treat them as valued members of the community. They will have an experience that they will honor and respect always. Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” In creative youth development, when we create an environment that communicates viscerally to youth that they are seen, heard and celebrated, they feel good. For more information, please feel free to contact me at: 917-405-0585. You may also send a letter to: Leah Richardson, Riverbay Board Director, c/o Riverbay Corporation, 2049 Bartow Avenue, Bronx, New York 10475.
National Council Of Negro Women
October Membership Meeting – Remember that at our October membership meeting tomorrow, Sunday, the 14th, we will be taking our group photo. Members, please remember to wear black and your NCNW stole. Also, get to the meeting on time so that you won’t miss the photo shoot. Lori has a few extra stoles for purchase at $25 if you don’t have one. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are hoping to have a guest speaker. Also, wear your pink ribbon, button or scarf in awareness of this special month. NCNW 58th National Convention – The 58th National Council of Negro Women, Inc. National Convention will take place Friday, November 9, to Sunday, November 11, at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street, NW. Washington, DC 20001. The convention opens at noon, November 9th. Online registration has already begun and will close once capacity is reached. This convention will focus on our “Four for the Future” programmatic priorities which are: Health, Education, Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.” Members will convene to examine strategies which address the issues that most directly impact the quality of life for women throughout the Diaspora; economic security, health, education and civic engagement. All members are strongly encouraged to register and attend the convention and Gala. Our honored Gala guests are Dr. Beverly Tatum, President Emerita of Spelman College and The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 58th Attorney General of the United States. American Idol winner Ruben Studdard will perform. There will be opportunities for everyone to learn, share best practices, ideas and ideals, grow together and have a little fun. Why We Vote – Public Policy is the fourth prong
of NCNW’s “Four for the Future” program agenda. Public policy is the combination of laws, court decisions and regulations that determine how government maintains order and addresses the needs of its citizens. Public policy is made by voters, through their elected representatives. Every aspect of our lives is touched by public policy. Something as commonplace as a stop sign has a particular meaning assigned to it by public policy. Something as complicated as health care is regulated by public policy. “One way to think about public policy is to understand it as the rules of society,” indicates Ms. Jones (National Chair of NCNW). “We want our members
and the public to understand voting processes and procedures, as well as the importance of the vote in our everyday lives. NCNW sections are all encouraged to consult the webinar materials and other resources at www.ncnw.org and actively study the election process and issues in the states and counties where they reside.” Please get out and vote on November 6th. Social Media – Remember you can find us on Facebook: NCNWCoopcity Bethune; Twitter: @NCNWCoop City; Instagram: NCNW Co-op City and email: email@example.com. —Joyce Howard
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Building 32 Association
Meeting A reminder about our General Membership meeting on October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in our association room, Building 32B, first floor rear. We welcome our new cooperators. We have a marvelous speaker scheduled, and, as usual, there will be door prizes, a fifty-fifty, and light refreshments. Halloween Building 32B will decorate the lobby on Friday, October 19, starting at noon. Building 32A will decorate on Saturday, Oct. 20, starting at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to assist in making our lobbies look scary, creepy and fun. Please help. Candy donations, which are always appreciated, can be brought down the lobbies during the hours stated. No peanut products, please. Laundry Room Please come down when you should to remove your laundry from the washers and/or dryers. No one should be forced to wait because they are fearful of removing someone’s clothes from the machines. Cooperate, you are a cooperator. —Lorna Smith
Spanish-American Community Club
Please join us on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 8:00 p.m. Our last general membership meeting was held on October 11. Our next membership meeting will take place on November 8. Everyone is welcome! On Sunday, September 30, the club and the Riverbay Fund co-hosted ‘Hispanic Heritage Day.’ Many thanks to our fantastic performers: Casa Boricua, Little Branches – Ramitas de Borinquen, Mariachi Juarez con Eunald, Ray Martinez Latin Jazz (who donated their performance), Carmen BardequezBrown and Juan Ortega. A special note of gratitude to our sponsors: B.J.’s, Coca-Cola, Corona, Costco, Palace Liquors and Pepsi. Halloween Party: The annual Halloween gettogether for the adults will be held on Saturday, October 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Dreiser, room
#4. Prizes will be given for the best costumes. Nonmembers will be asked for $10 at the door, but as always, members will be admitted free. October’s Social Friday is scheduled for the 26th at 7:00 p.m. A warm welcome to our newest members: Carmen & Robert Burgos-Rodriguez, Agneda Maldonado and Ana Pagan. Members, renewal dues for the coming year are now being accepted. Dues are $30 per household. Additional information for all of our upcoming club events, as well as details concerning the club in general, can be found on our website, http://spanamcccc.synthasite.com. You may also email the club at SpanAmCCCC@gmail.com or find us on Facebook (search for ‘spanamcccc’). —Carmen Rodriguez
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Circle of Christ Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord” If you are looking for a place of worship in the local area that is aimed at teaching the transforming word of God, Circle of Christ Church invites you to fellowship with us. We are a non-denominational, multicultural, and loving church that accepts you just the way you are. Our senior pastor, Elisamuel Colón, and the body of Christ are committed to love people into a life changing-liberating relationship with God. We are located at 147 Dreiser Loop, patio level (located in the Dreiser Community Center). Our Sunday services are in Spanish at 9:30 a.m. and English is at 11 a.m. We have an anointed worship team and Dance Ministry that minister regularly. The English service has Bible-centered children’s church and a nursery program where children are ministered to from the cradle to 12 years of age. The Youth Ministry, “Operation Grace,” meets on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. We have ministries for all ages. Follow us on Facebook and our website, circleofchristchurch.org. Circle of Christ Church responds to Isaiah 68:10 which says: Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. We have a food pantry that serves the community and we also offer individual and family counseling for those in need (every other Wednesday). Our phone number is 347-945-1992; feel free to leave a message, a church leader will be in touch with you. We look forward to seeing you. English Services Tuesday Prayer, 9:00-11:00 a.m. – Thursday Prayer and Bible Study, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Prayer/Bible Study Friday Operation Grace Youth Service – 7:00 p.m. Sunday Service – 11:00 a.m. Servicios en Español Domingo: Culto de Adoración de, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Jueves: 12:00 p.m., Oración y Estudio Bíblico Special Event/Evento Especial You are invited to our Annual Concert: Explosion of Praise on Saturday, October 13, from 6-8 p.m. Le invitamos al Concierto Anual: Explosión de Alabanza, el sábado 13 de octubre de 6-8 p.m. —Pastor Sam Colon
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Greetings, neighbors. The association thanks Board director and First Vice President Bernie Cylich, guest speaker at our general association meeting, which was held on Friday, September 28. The shareholders were quite engaged as Bernie provided a wealth of knowledge and history about Co-op City. Bernie assured shareholders that the 160 elevators are to be upgraded, an EZPass type system is being installed in garages two and three, and the other garages will follow. The chevron lobbies pilot program in Building 15A looks very nice, and 19 more chevron lobbies are to be upgraded. A much-needed new system for the convectors has been looked at. Bernie, we appreciate you taking time out to share with the cooperators some promising good news. We have to stand together as a community for what we need. The MTA’s public hearing in 2010 that Co-op City cooperators failed to attend taught us that when we neglect to attend these public hearings to voice our opinions, it will and can affect the outcome of a decision. The Association — Thank you to those who supported and traveled with us on the Spirit of Philadelphia Scenic Cruise and mini-tour at some of Philadelphia’s historic sites last Saturday, October 6. We trust everyone enjoyed themselves. See you next time! General Election — November 6. You can still mail in registration, postmarked no later than October 12th and received by the Board of Elections by October 17th to be eligible to vote in this general election. In person registration can be done at your local Board of Elections for the Bronx at 1780 Grand Concourse; phone number 718-299-9017. Pass the word to our high school graduates, college students, etc. Try online registration. Please follow-up to make sure you are registered. Happy Birthday to those celebrating this month, and the best of health to everyone. Contact Lydia Rondon at (718) 583-3040 to share news of any sickness, or if a neighbor has deceased. Pray for peace amongst the nations and world leaders. At the end of the day, be nice, respectful and offer genuine kindness and love to your neighbor, life is so short. “Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.” Peter F. Drucker —H. Overman
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. Regular Church Schedule Sunday School – 9:00 a.m. Worship Service – 11:00 a.m. Communion Service – Every first and third Sundays Noon Day Prayer – Hour of Power – Wednesday at noon Prayer Meeting and Bible Study – Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The following program is at the Church’s Annex: 2053 Asch Loop North (Co-op City) Neighborhood Bible Study – Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School Is Now In Session Every Sunday At 9:00 a.m. 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). We encourage you to bring your child, children or grandchildren to Sunday School and we look forward to seeing you. Worship Service Begins at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to come and be a part of this special moment set aside each Sunday morning to be in the presence of God. We will be delighted to blend our spirits with yours as we bend both body and soul before our Heavenly Father. We encourage you to spend time with God, and if it be His will, with us at Community Protestant. Other Scheduled Events On Wednesdays, at noon, you are cordially invited to noon day prayer at CPC, an hour of power, prayer, praise and testimony. Refreshments will be served. RSVP, (718) 862-9172. Today, Saturday, October 13, 3:00 p.m. at the church – The Sepia Players Ministry presents a Religious Comedy, THE DEVIL ON TRIAL, CASE #666, written by Roosevelt Wright Jr. Donation: $20. Please Join Us In Celebrating Our Pastor Rev. Dr. Calvin E. Owens’ 42nd Pastoral Anniversary Opening Service – Sunday, November 4, 3:30 p.m. Guest Preacher: Rev. Hugh Farrish, pastor, Bowen Memorial Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, NY. Closing Service – Sunday, November 11, 3:30 p.m. – Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Carl Bruce, pastor, Mt. Carmel Church, Yonkers, NY. All are welcome! 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
African American Association
Agenda: Double Standards Our next General Meeting will be held Monday, October 15. Tickets will be available for our spectacular event on December 1st. Come learn all about it. We will convene in room #15 in Dreiser Center at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend at 7 p.m. There will be announcements and important information available. Culture, economics, health and education will continue to be our focus in 2018/19. Portions of our meetings may be recorded in order to archive some events. Our theme will be…Double Standards It is time for membership dues. It is important that you remember that membership dues are how we are able to run programs that inspire health, education and culture. Support your African-American Association. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Association sponsors the following ongoing programs and encourages your participation. Acting Classes – Children’s and Adult classes are available. Contact: Meca Talent. For more information, call us at: 646-373-4122. 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. Also 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Einstein, Section #5. Call Cynthia, 917-903-7073. Institute of Youth/Adult Study Group – Meets every 2nd and 4th Monday, Dreiser Center, room# 15, 7 p.m. Contact Haru Maat, email@example.com. Karaoke – Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Dreiser Center, rm. 15. Call Keith, 917-561-6211. Salsa Class – Saturdays, 10 a.m., Dreiser Loop, Auditorium A. Call Keith, 917-561-6211. Specialized Workshops /Programs – Life Group workshops (Understanding My Money/My Relationships/My Politics/My Culture. For more information, contact Kevin at 646-721-8185. Yoga And Zumba – Classes on Saturday start at 10:00 a.m. in Dreiser Center, room #2. General Membership Meeting – The next meeting will be Monday, October 15. If you are 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: CoopcityAfricanamericanassoc/email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. —Kevin Lambright
Co-op City Little League
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
New Board Elected; Opens Registration For Spring 2019 Season
Building 24 Association
We held our first meeting after the summer break on Oct. 4th where we agreed to postpone election of officers until January to make it easier to run our annual fall and winter events. We’ll celebrate Halloween with candy for the kids in the lobby on Halloween night. Anyone wishing to contribute candy or help preparing the treats can join us in the Community Room on Thursday evening, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Candy must be packaged. There will also be a signup sheet in the lobby on Halloween for anyone to list their apartment if they will be giving out treats. For Thanksgiving, we’ll have our holiday raffle with tickets going on sale in the lobby at $1 each or 6 for $5 beginning November 7th with the drawing taking place on the 19th. There will be four first prize $25 gift certificates from our local supermarket and four second place winners will receive a bottle of wine. In December, we’ll be accepting donations for our porters to show our appreciation for the work they do to keep our building looking as clean and beautiful as it does throughout the year. The donations will be collected beginning the first week in December. We’ll also look forward to the beautiful Christmas and Chanukah display by our very creative Sergeant-at-Arms, Andromeda George, who transforms the lobby into a beautiful holiday scene each year at this time. Children’s drawings or paintings for any of these holidays can be submitted, signed or unsigned, for display at one of our association meetings or you can call me at 718-320-1458. We’ll try to find a place to show them in the lobby or elsewhere in the building. In other news, our Garden Room now has shelves where we can store all the materials which now line the walls and take up space in the Community Room. After the holidays, we’ll move those things to the Garden Room creating a less cluttered room for our meetings. Anyone who would like to help in fixing up our meeting room will be welcomed to pitch in once we get started. We’re also very happy that the two young Cedar trees we purchased for the pots at the building’s courtyard entrance look great and are doing fine. The twin pines also symbolize the Cooperative Housing movement which we wanted to honor. We also welcome the support of anyone who wants to support the building association. Our annual dues are $5. Any ideas for how we can make our building or grounds more beautiful or functional are always welcome. One of our neighbors is looking into the possibility of setting up an email address for our association. If that should happen, I’ll post the number and your comments can be submitted that way if you are unable to attend our meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 1st. —Bruce Silberman
Velocity Track Club New York
On Saturday, October 6, Velocity Track Club New York competed in the 2018 USATF New York Cross Country Series – Meet #3 and on Sunday, October 7, we competed in the Rising New York Road Runners at Harry Murphy Cross Country (Van Cortland Park). Both meets were well organized, and the competition was good! The USATF New York Meet #3 at Van Cortland Park was the County Challenge. Athletes were assigned to a team based on their borough/county. They used the traditionally XC (Cross Country) scoring to determine the winning borough/ county in each age group. The borough/county with the most age division wins will receive a championship trophy. Second place finishes will be the tie breaker. There were approximately 470 athletes competing in this competitive event. The top 15 in each age division received medals (15-16, 17-18, and open/masters was scored as one age division). In the Novice race, the top three received awards. Velocity Track Club had 14 athletes competing and we were blessed to receive seven medals. This was a great accomplishment, but more importantly, we had five athletes break t h e i r Velocity Track Club medalists from the 2018 USATF p e r s o n a l record. New York XC Meet #3 and at the NYRR Meet. With continuous improvement, we will have more athletes earning medals. The following VTC athletes received a medal: Cameron Joseph, Ryan Joseph, Saniah Caldwell, Pierce Parker, Sachin Ramharak, Brandon Peart, Devin Brown. The following athletes PR: Tiarra Jackson, Ryan Ramsarran, Sachin Ramharak, Julian Caldwell and Devin Brown! At the Rising New York Road Runners at Harry Murphy Cross Country meet, there were three stages of competition. Stage 1, which are ages 2 to 10 with non-competitive untimed shorter distances. Stage 2, which consist of ages 8 to 18 with non-competitive untimed medium distances (1mile). Stage 3, which consist of ages 12 to 18 with competitive timed longer distances (1.5 mile). However, all stages were competitive and the best of all, the races were free. Most XC races cost approximately $6 per race. Thank you, New York Road Runners for providing free races for our youth! Our next meet will be on Sunday, October 14, the 2018 USATF New York XC Series #4. Come out to see your future Olympians! Velocity Track Club New York is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit. One hundred percent of your donation will go towards helping our children. Help support our youth, so that they can continue to do great things! For additional information, you can go to our website, Velocitytrack.org, or contact Coach Winston Dinkins at 914-441-6196 or via email email@example.com. —Winston Dinkins
Co-op City Sports
The Co-op City Little League has elected its new Board of Directors for the 2019 Baseball Season – its 50th Season of Baseball! The league will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a Gala event to be held in the Spring. To lead this endeavor, the league has elected its new Board of Directors. The new Board of Directors are as follows: Joe Roman, president; Harry Cintron, vice president; Nadine Bly, secretary; Wilma Robles, treasurer; Cookie Carattini, concession manager; Anthony Dawson, safety officer; Maileen DeBose, information officer; Jessica Colon, sponsorship/fundraiser manager; Mike Arroyo, coaching coordinator; Miguel Sosa, coaching coordinator; Erica Pabon, director; Hector Ayala, director. Congratulations to all who were elected. As one of its first acts, the newly elected board has opened registration for the 2019 Little League Season. Registration will take place on Saturdays throughout the Fall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Co-op City Little League office, room 17 at the Dreiser Loop Community Center, 177 Dreiser Loop. Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to register. New, affordable pricing for league play is as follows: TBALL, 4-6 yrs. Old, $75; FARMS, 7-8 yrs. Old, $125; MINORS, 9-10 yrs. Old, $175; MAJORS, 11-12 yrs. Old, $185; JUNIORS, 13-14 yrs. Old, and SENIORS, 15-16 yrs. Old, $200. There are discounts for siblings as well. Finally, registration will also be held during the Haunted House/Halloween Event at the CCLL fields on October 26th, 27th and 28th from 6-10 p.m. Look for future announcements regarding our Baseball Clinics which will begin in January. Follow us and like us on Instagram and Facebook: @CCLLBXNY.
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Co-op City Working Families
Special Guest Speaker Ray Raimundi Political news anchor Ray Raimundi, our first speaker of the season, will discuss his career and offer some tips on breaking into the biz. (Alert the kids with journalistic and media aspirations!) Mr. Raimundi did a masterful job moderating our Candidatesâ€™ Forums in June and again in August. Heâ€™ll be sharing behind-the-scenes stories and information at our October 23rd meeting. Ray Raimundi Ray Raimundi is a Bronx native who started his career at Fox 5 News.Â He has covered local, regional and major national stories for News 12 The Bronx, Fox 35 in Orlando, Florida and ABC News Network.Â The Syracuse University graduate is currently an anchor at FIOS 1 News in Rye Brook.Â Raimundiâ€™s work is Emmy-nominated and has been recognized by the Associated Press. The Co-op City Working Families Mission As a political party, Working Families works to elect the most progressive candidates possible who will stand in the way of all regressive legislation.Â As a civic action group,Â Co-op City Indivisible (an aspiring Co-op City-certified community organization) promotes progressive causes.Â As Co-op City WF/Indivisible members, we do both. We embrace progressive values by modeling inclusion, respect, and fairness in all of our actions; we work to make Co-op City a stronger community; and we insist our representatives serve as our voice in Co-op City, in the Bronx, in Albany, and in Washington, D.C. Next Meeting Working Families meetings (except for December) will now be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. We want your presence and your ideas more than we want your dues. Remember, you donâ€™t have to have a job or a family to join us, you can be single and retired and still join Working Families/Indivisible Co-op City. All progressives are welcome. Come Tuesday, October 23, to Section 5, Einstein Center, room 35, at 7 p.m. for progressive camaraderie, Ray Raimundi, and cake. â€”Mary Pearson
Building 30 A and B Association
October is the month that we start to collect our association dues. We will also collect candy for Halloween. Itinerary Weâ€™ll be collecting dues in the lobby of the A-Side, Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Weâ€™ll be collecting dues in the lobby of the B-side, Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Our collecting of Halloween candy and dues on the A-side will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Our collecting of Halloween candy and dues on the B-side will be Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will have crochet every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the association room. Come join us for movie night on Friday, October 19, in the association room with the door opening at 7 p.m. and the movie starting at 7:30 p.m. Weâ€™ll have fun at our PoKeno games on Friday, October 26, in the association room in the lobby of Building 30B, with the door opening at 7 p.m. and the games starting at 7:30 p.m. Our association meeting will be on Wednesday, October 17, with the doors to the association room opening at 7 p.m. and the meeting starting 7:30 p.m. Donâ€™t forget our great Halloween party will be Wednesday, October 31, as soon as the children come home from school. So come on down, new neighbors, and see what the association is all about. â€”Linda Werner
Food Pantry Update Black Forum has not given up on finding a viable location to restart the emergency food distribution program.Â Recent news appears promising, but we still need your support until we reopenÂ the pantry for the Co-op City community.Â Please continue to speak up.Â Send notes of support to let Riverbay and elected officials know that the Black Forum food pantry needs a viable space to continue serving the community.Â The note can be as long or as short as you want.Â It can be a simple sentence that says, â€œI need the pantry open because I am on a fixed income.â€? Your submission can be anonymous, or you can share your name. Your messages can be mailed, emailed or dictated over our voicemail. Paper and pens for writing notes are available outside 177 Dreiser Loop, room 20.Â Please leave your note in the provided envelope.Â Thank you to all who have shared their moving messages.Â Â Defensive Driving Classes Next class is Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., 177 Dreiser Loop, room 1, 2nd floor.Â Please arrive 10-15 minutes early because class starts on time.Â Lower your liability insurance cost by 10% and remove up to 4 points from your driverâ€™s license.Â Please make checks of $35, payable to â€˜Black Forum of CO-OP City,â€™ and mail to P.O. Box 563, Bronx, NY 10475 at least 1Â˝ weeks before class.Â Include name and phone number. Walk-ins are welcomed, but only a $35 cash payment will be accepted the day of the class â€” NO checks.Â Call for seating any time prior to noon on the Friday before class.Â Please bring your current driverâ€™s license and a pen; (718) 320-8035.Â Â Harrahâ€™s Casino, Chester, PA, (Date Change) Saturday, December 8.Â Cost: $45. Casino rebate: $15 slot play.Â Weâ€™re collecting monies now. NO REFUNDS.Â Final payment due by Friday, November 16.Â Guests receive their seat assignment when payment is received.Â Call 718320-0033 or 917- 209-5334 for additional information. Kindly leave your name, telephone number and brief message.Â Â Â Contact (718) 320-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. â€”D. Illis
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Retirees Of Dreiser Loop
►Hold the Date. The RETIREES’ HOLIDAY PARTY on Thursday, December 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be at Marina del Rey. Price: $85, which includes transportation, plus free admission to the Spring Bash in April, 2019. Contacts are Daisy Y-Anderson/Beverly Waller who can be reached at 718-379-0377, or see them in the Retirees’ room #19, Dreiser Loop Community Center, after 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Travel Events: (price includes Lorant coach bus; located on Dreiser Loop, in front of H&R Block) • Jan. 10 & 11, 2019 (Thurs. & Fri.), Foxwood & Mohegan Sun, CT. Price: double: $130/single: $175. Deposit: double: $65; single: $90. Balance due: Mon., Dec. 3. Contacts: Serita Grayson, 347-564-5722/ Barbara Williams, 718-320-0500. • Mar. 21, 2019 (Thurs.), Sands Casino Resort, PA. Price: $40. Contacts: Serita Grayson, 347-5645722/Barbara Williams, 718-320-0500 • Apr. 19, 2019 (Tues.), Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Theatre. Price: $85. Deposit: $45. Balance: $40 due by Monday, March 18. Contacts: Serita Grayson, 347-564-5722/Barbara Williams, 718320-0500. Theatre Committee: (price includes van transport, from Dreiser Loop across from the rehab center) • Oct. 24 (Wed.), “Phantom” play, “…a gripping story, richly drawn characters, and music that can break your heart with its beauty.” Showtime: 11 a.m. at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Sold out! Contact: Marie Green-Ryan, 718-671-4949. • Nov. 16 (Fri.), “Christmas Spectacular” at the Radio City Music Hall. Showtime: 2 p.m. Price: $78. Deposit, $35 ASAP. Balance $43 due Thursday, Oct.
11. Contact: Eleanor Barlow, 718-324-7847. Remember – Your deposit (and final payment) in the form of a check/money order payable to Retirees of Dreiser Loop, along with your name and telephone number, is required to reserve your trip &/or theatre seat. NO cash accepted. Committee members will be available in the Dreiser clubroom 19 (718-379-0377) on Mondays and/or Thursdays, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Good And Welfare Our heartfelt sympathy to Sylvia Butler, whose son recently passed away. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to George McKay, husband of Esther McKay. To members and friends still under the weather, know that you are thought of warmly and wished brighter days. Call Josephine Flowers, 718320-0539, regarding illnesses and bereavements. Join us on our next Wednesday, October 24, Jazz Up Your Health With A Senior Spa Day. Call Claudette D, 718-379-4784/Hattie L, 718-671-8449, if interested in joining us. Attention! The Retirees need experienced parttime freelance drivers with a CDL license with passenger endorsement with at least 3 years’ experience and a clean driving record. This volunteer position requires transporting members and friends safely to and from special events within the Bronx, as well as to outer boroughs. Stipend can be expected for each trip. Please call C. Davis at 718-379-4784 and leave your name, telephone number and a brief message. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’ why we recommend it daily.” —Zig Ziglar —Claudette Davis
Open Door Ministries To Serve or Not to Serve
(Full sermon at opendoorministries.net)
Service – The action of helping or doing work for someone; an act of assistance. Mark 10:42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” On June 5, 1998‚ Timothy Stackpole was severely injured in a five-alarm fire in Brooklyn. Two of his fellow firefighters were killed and more injured in a collapse. Timmy spent over two months in the burn center with fourth and fifth degree burns over 40% of his body. He endured many surgeries and months of painful rehabilitation. He had two goals — to recover and spend as much time as he could with his family‚ and to return full-duty to a job he loved. Against popular opinion‚ he succeeded. On March 10‚ 2001‚ Timmy returned to his lieutenant’s job, full-duty. He was promoted to captain on September 6‚ 2001‚ and was in FDNY headquarters‚ off-duty‚ the morning of September 11. Of course, he responded. Timothy ran into the second tower to try to save some people. When he did, it collapsed and took his life. He knew his calling—to save people. The Holy Spirit has called us to a life of service. We should live for Him. John 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. 12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. D. L. Moody wrote the following words next to Isaiah 6:8 in his Bible: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do, and what I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.” Sunday services are at 11 a.m. in Bartow Community Center, room 28. Contact Pastor Luis by text 917-334-4407 or email, opendoorministries.net. Blessings in Christ. —Pastor Luis Ramos
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Co-op City Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams and the Co-op City Baptist Church family invite you to join us tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for worship service. Sunday school for children and adults is held at 9:15 a.m. We invite you to worship, study, and pray with us. The Co-op City Baptist Church is located at 135 Einstein Loop, lower level, room 50. Our telephone number is 718-320-3774. Visit us on the web at www.coopcitybaptistchurch.org. Join us for a midweek spiritual pick-up at our midweek worship service held on Wednesdays at noon. Bible Study classes are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Bible Class will also be held on Wednesday, October 24, at 5:00 p.m. Prayer Service is held on Fridays at noon. Prayer Service is also held on Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us from the comfort of their home for an hour of prayer. Using available technology, prayer service is held using a conference call line. On Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., you can call 563-999-2090; when asked for the PIN, enter 660065 and you will be connected. Come one, come all and have a ball. The Building Fund Ministry is proud to announce their Gospel Evening of Elegance tonight, Saturday, October 13. The event will be held at 135 Einstein Loop, room #45 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The evening will include dinner, entertainment by The Inspirational Gospel Singers of New Castle, Delaware, performance by CCBC Praise Dancers and a Fashion Show. Ticket prices until September 30th are adults (18 and over), $65; youth (13-17), $20; children (6-12), $5. For tickets or additional information, call 718-515-6090, 646-418-7102, 718-862-9243 or 718-320-3774. The Scholarship Ministry invites you to mark the date to join them on their upcoming cruise to the Greek Isles and Italy on August 9, 2019. The cost for Inside Cabin/double occupancy is $3595. The cost for Ocean View Cabin/double occupancy is $3970 for this 11-day cruise and includes port charges, taxes, transfers and airfare. A deposit of $600 is due immediately. Final payment is due on or before Sunday, April 7, 2019. No refund after Sunday, April 14, 2019. For additional information or reservations, call 718-379-0541, 718-320-3240, 718-671-1271or the church at 718-379-3774. The Co-op City Baptist Church exists to glorify God and to establish a living community of people who follow the teachings of Jesus the Christ through worship, prayer, Bible Study and fellowship. We seek to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the church through ministry. —Hattie L. Lucas
Throwing garbage/objects from apartment windows is UNLAWFUL, DANGEROUS and could cause you to receive a community complaint and fine.
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Room 31 unless otherwise noted
Room 49 unless otherwise noted
Room 7 unless otherwise noted
Alternate Kosher Meals are also available
Word Games 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Library 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Health & Wellness Support Group Bartow Center, rm. 31, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (New) YOGA w/Peggy Hill 11 a.m. 12 p.m., JASA Main Office Arthritis Exercises 11 a.m. - noon 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 Diabetes Support Group 2nd Monday
Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session
- 1 p.m. Computer Class for Beg., Int. & Adv., 9:30 a.m., rm. 34
Stay Well Exercise 10-11 a.m., rm. 2 Color Your Stress Away 11 a.m., rm. 4 Basic Cell Phone & iPad training 11 a.m. 12 p.m., rm. 7
Mind Teasers 12-1 p.m., rm. 4 Diabetes Support Group 1 p.m. – Last Monday of Bereavement Counseling 1 p.m., rm. 13 Gentle Yoga 1:15-2 p.m., rm. 2 Interm.ediate Yoga 2-3 p.m.
Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session Word Games 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Walking Club 10:30 Bingo 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. Caregiver Support Group
Dominoes 10 a.m. Matinee Movie 10 a.m., rm. 45 Health & Wellness Support Grp-
1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Tues. Card Games 2-4 p.m.
Karaoke by Steven 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.,
Blood Pressure Every 1st & 3rd Wed., 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Games 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Stay Well Exercise 10 – 11am Line Dancing 11 a.m. -12 p.m. Card Games 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dominos 2:30 p.m. Smartphone Class Beginner – 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Intermediate 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Bartow Main office Library 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Word Games 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Crochet & Knitting 10 - 11 a.m. Spanish Class 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Bartow Main Office Session 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (NEW)- Yoga w/Damion 9:45 a.m – 10:45 a.m. Card Games 2 p.m -4 p.m. Men’s Line Dancing 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Word Games 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Women’s Line Dancing 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Chat Session 10 a.m. Piano Sing-along 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Karaoke 12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Card Games 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. rm. 45
9:30-10:30 a.m. Alert & Alive – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., rm. 7 Computer Class – rm. 13 Beginner 11 a.m.-12 p.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 Matinee Tues., 1 p.m., rm. 7
Orange juice, Breaded southern steak, Roasted vegetable cous cous Winter blend vegetables, Whole wheat bread, Healthy wildberry & applesauce Alt: Tuna fish salad
Baked Tilapia Mashed sweet potatoes Roasted vegetables
Apple juice Shake & bake chicken, Mashed sweet potatoes Mixed green salad Whole wheat bread Canned pears Alt: Egg salad
BBQ Chicken leg Quarters Braised collard greens Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Computer Class – rm. 13 Orange pineapple Beginner 10 a.m. -11 a.m. juice Dominos 10 a.m., rm. 45 Intermediate 11 a.m. -12 p.m. Spelling Bee 10 a.m. Beef hamburger Only 6 seats available (New) Body in motion w/Ola Plain hamburger bun Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Red bliss potatoes 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Spanish Practice Class 10:30 a.m., Sewing 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Cole slaw Computer Lab Whole wheat bread Tai Chi 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Zumba 11 a.m. -12 p.m., rm. 4 Fresh fruit Art Class 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Alt: Salmon salad Yoga 2 p.m.-3 p.m., rm. 2 Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session Orange juice Dominoes 10 a.m., rm. 45 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. Breaded Tilapia Grandparent Connection 1st Thurs., Blood Pressure 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. 1st & fish filet, Orzo rm. 35, 10:30 a.m. 3rd, rm. 8 California Blend Line Dancing, 10 a.m. -11a.m., Aud. A Arthritis Exercise 11a.m., rm. 45 vegetables Piano Sing Along 11 a.m. -12 p.m. Spelling Bee 11 a.m. (New) Purple Life Trail Fitness w/Damion Whole Wheat Bread Word Search 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Fresh fruit 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Section 1 - Greenway Karaoke by Steven 1 p.m., rm. 45 Drama Club Alt: Turkey salad Dominoes 10 a.m., rm. 45 Crochet & Knitting 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Apple juice Art 10 a.m., rm. 45 Library, Exercise Bike, Chat Session Roasted chicken Bingo 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Kasha Varnishkes Pokeno 2 p.m.-4 p.m., rm. 35 Meditative Moments 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Baby carrots w/parsBlood Pressure 2nd & 4th Fri., rm. 8 ley, Challah bread 10 -11:30 a.m., rm. 45 Fresh fruit Free Oil Painting Classes rm. 38, Pokeno 3rd Fri., 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Bingo 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Alt: Gefilte fish 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
For information, please call: (718) 320-2066
(Schedule subject to change without notice) Payments for trips @ the Bartow office can be made Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., & 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. only Funded by: The NYC Department for the Aging, The NYS Office for the Aging and Riverbay Corporation. JASA Welcomes everyone age 60 and older! Payments for trips can be made at all three centers. Trip registration policy: There will be no refunds for all trips. All trips include roundtrip transportation! All trips must be paid in advance. JASA will not accept checks under $5. (FREE) LiveOn NY-SCRIE/SNAP (Food Stamps) Assistance – Fridays, Oct. 26, Nov. 2; Mon., Nov. 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. JASA Main Office, 2049 Bartow Ave. No appointments! Walk-ins! First come! First served! (Please make copies of your documents before coming to the office.) (New) Purple Life Trial Fitness w/Damion, 12 p.m. on Thursdays, Section 1 Greenway. Six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Tues., Oct. 9 – Nov. 13, 177 Dreiser Loop, rm. 13, 1 -2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Julissa Reynoso, 646-946-1252. Breast Cancer Awareness Day – Tues., Oct. 16, Einstein Senior Center, 135 Einstein Loop, rm. 45, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Presentations from survivors and supporters. Free giveaways & light refreshments will be served. Empire – Tues., Oct. 16, $5. Bartow, 9 a.m.; Einstein, 9:15 a.m.; Dreiser, 9:30 a.m. Flu Shots Clinic Sponsored by Stop & Shop:
Pernil (Roasted pork shoulder) Yellow rice Mixed vegetables
Oven fried chicken Baked macaroni & cheese Steamed green beans
Beef meatballs in Tomato sauce Spaghetti Broccoli & red peppers
Fee for lunch is $2.00 & $5.00 for guest
*Menu subject to change without notice. Alternate Kosher Meals are also available Bartow Center (929) 399-1394 Dreiser Center (718) 320-1345 • Einstein Center (718) 671-5161
ALL meals served w/margarine and fresh milk
Tues., Oct. 16, Einstein Loop Sr. Ctr. rm. 49, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 18, Dreiser Loop Sr. Ctr., rm. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 25, Bartow Sr. Ctr., rm. 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Apple Picking, Harvard Moon Farm & Orchard – Apple picking, hayride, apple cider donuts & lunch. You don’t have to do the hayride if you don’t want to; the ride is very bumpy. Tues., Oct. 16, $25. Pick-ups: Dreiser, 8:45 a.m.; Bartow, 9 a.m.; Einstein, 9:15 a.m. (wait list). St. Mary’s Pool – $3. Mon., Oct. 22. Pool aerobics for seniors, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Bartow, 8:30 a.m.; Einstein, 8:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 9 a.m. There is a $25 yearly fee to use the facility, which can be paid at the pool by check or money order. IKEA – Tues., Oct. 23; $15. Bartow, 9 a.m.; Einstein, 9:15 a.m.; Dreiser, 9:30 a.m. Target, Throggsneck Mall – Tues., Oct. 23; $3. Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 10 a.m. Breast Cancer Walk – Bartow, Tues., Oct. 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Come join JASA and walk around the Greenway. Halloween Party – Sat., Oct. 27, $5; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Einstein Sr. Ctr., rm. 45. One hundred tickets will be sold in the Bartow main office starting Mon., Oct. 8th. Music by “DJ Woody.”
Shoprite (New Rochelle) – Mon., Oct. 29, $4. Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 10 a.m. Empire – Tues., Oct. 30; $5. Bartow, 9 a.m.; Einstein, 9:15 a.m.; Dreiser, 9:30 a.m. Dances for Seniors – Wed., Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m. Bartow Senior Center, rm. 31. Join Naomi Goldberg Haas & dances for a variable population in sharing strong & creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities for fun & friendship. Stew Leonard’s – Fri., Nov. 2, $6. Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 10 a.m. Foxwoods Casino – Sat., Nov. 3; $40. Bartow, 8 a.m.; Dreiser, 8:15 a.m.; Einstein Loop, 8:30 a.m. Bonus package is $10 slot play, $10 food voucher. Light breakfast on the buses. Wait List. Payment due by Oct. 19. Shoprite (New Rochelle) – Mon., Nov. 2, $4. Bartow, 9:30 a.m.; Einstein, 9:45 a.m.; Dreiser, 10 a.m. Dreiser Senior Center needs a Tai Chi Instructor (volunteer) to begin Nov. 7 for Wednesdays, 11 a.m. -12 p.m. If interested, please contact Paola or Gay at the Dreiser Senior Center, 718-320-1345. Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA – Sat., Nov. 10; $35. Bonus: $30 slot play & $5 food voucher. Pickups: Dreiser, 8 a.m.; Bartow, 8:15 a.m; Einstein, 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Payment deadline, Mon., Nov. 5. CASH ONLY! NO CHECKS!
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Scheduling Activities Calendar
Goose Island Seniors
Foxwoods – This Thursday, October 18, we will pick you up at our usual bus stops at 8:30 a.m. at Einstein Loop, 8:40 a.m., at Asch Loop (by library) and 8:50 a.m. at Dreiser Loop (by the hardware store). Come have fun on the bus with us. A movie will be shown on the bus coming home. Looking forward to seeing you. Christmas In the Air – Monday, November 5, at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, NJ. Their most popular show of the year. Song, dance, comedy sketches, original songs with a Live onstage orchestra. Price: $95 for table-served entree, dessert buffet and show. To pay for trips, you may drop off, mail or call for check pick-up. Payment due by October 19. Menu: Yankee pot roast, fried jumbo shrimp platter, lemon pepper cod, chicken parmigiano, roast turkey with stuffing, eggplant rollatini, roast vegetable kabob (gluten free), homemade bread, mixed garden salad with house dressing, famous unlimited dessert buffet, coffee and tea. Sands Casino – Tuesday, December 11. More information coming soon. Matinee Movie – Cancelled. There will be no more Matinee Movies on Tuesdays. Bingo – Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Time: 1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. with Stephen in our club room 39. Members only. Admission, $5.00 for three
cards, 12 games and jackpot extra cards are 25¢ each. Refreshments available. Sunday Bingo this month is October 28. Game Day – Tuesdays and Thursdays, our club room is set up for our members to play games – Mahjong, Dominoes, Kalooki, Wii Tennis, Bowling, and more, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Members may bring a friend or two). $1 collected for refreshments. WiFi available. Karaoke – Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays at l p.m. with Stephen in room 45. Come sing or listen to a free concert. All are welcome. To all members: Happy Birthday to all members who celebrate their day in the month of October: Joan Macafity, Miriam Lunenfeld, Marilyn Sherman, Bess Manger, Felicia (Phyllis) Curia, Norma Vigilance, Yolanda Osorio, Edward Delgado, Joan Rosa and Edith Rosado. Note: Call Ann or Stephen at Goose Island Seniors, 718-379-9613, or visit us at 135 Einstein Loop, room #39, (mornings) Mon. – Fri., l0 a.m. – 12 p.m.; (evenings) Tue. & Thu., 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Mon., Wed., & Fri., 6–8 p.m. Stephen’s cell phone number is 347-847-1941. Please leave a message. Good health to all. —Stephen Roberts, Sr.
AARP Chapter #4997
Reminder: Our Holiday Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, at Marina Del Rey; $90/person, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Tickets may be picked up in Dreiser, room 0, on the following days and times. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Thursdays, noon-2 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For additional information, call the office, 718-379-1946, and see Stella B. for tickets. Good & Welfare – Please contact our Good & Welfare coordinator, Frances Wilson, 718-6715493, if you have a family member who has passed or one of our members who is sick, in the hospital or in a nursing home. 2018 Tour Activities October 11 – Legends & Laughter at Resorts Casino (Atlantic City) – A musical journey with impressions of Rod Stewart, The Temptations, Tony Orlando, Prince and others starring Jimmy Mazz; $25 slot play; deluxe Motorcoach transportation; $79/person due ASAP. Meet at Asch Loop near the library at 8:00 a.m. for bus seating assignments; leaving at 8:30 a.m. SHARP. Contact Judith, 718379-3370. December 30 – January 1, 2019: Lavish New Year’s Celebration at The Desmond. C-A-N-C-E-LL-E-D!! Contact Judith, 718-379-3370, or Jeannie, 718-379-3742. 2019 Tour Activities April 1-12, 2019: Panama Canal 11-night Cruise on the Norwegian Jade. Price includes roundtrip flight to Miami (FL); ports of call include Cantagina, Columbia; Panama Canal/Gatein Lake; Puerto Limon; Roatan Bay Islands; Harvest Cape, Costa Maya, Mexico; 3 days at sea; valid passport is required; all meals on board the ship. Insurance available. SOLD OUT. Contact Judith, 718-3793370. Attention: When signing up for the above trips, please give your name, phone number and a deposit. Checks/money orders made payable to AARP Chapter 4997 with the name of the trip in the memo section of your check/money order. Room 0 (Dreiser Community Center) is opened Monday or Thursday, noon – 3 p.m. for checks to be dropped off (in an envelope w/Group/Trip Leader Name). They may be mailed to the Group/Trip Leader. —Delores Debnam
Shareholders are urged to update contact info.
Riverbay Cooperator Services Office (CSO) reminds shareholders that if there have been any changes in their contact information, they should update their files with Riverbay Corporation as soon as possible so that if there is a need to contact them in an emergency, the information on record with Riverbay will be the most current and accurate. To update your contact information, two important steps are involved. First, the shareholder of the unit is required to go in person to the Emergency Maintenance Office (located in the lower level of the Dreiser Mall) with photo identification and update the “Key Card.” Secondly, shareholders should request an Emergency Contact form from their respective Cooperator Service Office (CSO). This form must be completed by the shareholder and returned in person to their respective CSO, along with photo identification. Their new contact information will then be updated in the Maintenance system and forwarded to the shareholder’s file. Once the information is updated at the Emergency Maintenance Office and Cooperator Service Office, the new information will then be relayed by CSO to Public Safety to be added to that department’s database.
Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City
General Information: The Traditional Synagogue is located in Section 5, 120 Erdman Place in the rear lobby of 27B. It is on the ground floor of Building 27B. It is handicap accessible, no steps. Phone #: 718-379-6920. Office hours are Thursday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Please call the office before you attempt to come over. If no one is in the office, please leave a message. The synagogue has services on Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. After services, we always have a kiddush. The synagogue has a Facebook page, Traditional Synagogue. The synagogue needs donations. Whatever amount you can donate, big or small, would help the synagogue’s finances. The synagogue needs men to help make a minyan. There are a lot of Jewish men who live in Co-op City who don’t come to services. Please come by 9:30 a.m. so we can take out the Torah. The Traditional Synagogue is the only synagogue in Co-op City, and it’s air conditioned. Sabbath ends on Saturday, October 6, at 7:20 p.m. Candle Lighting for Friday, October 12, at 5:59 p.m. The SHMINI ATZERETH Yizkor service donation should be made payable to: The Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City. Mail Donation to: The Traditional Synagogue of Co-op City, 120 Erdman Place rear lobby, Bronx, NY 10475. P.S.: This is a requirement of the Post Office (“rear lobby” takes the place of an apartment number). October Birthdays: I have no list of October birthdays as of now. If your Good & Welfare: We sell Tree Certificates in honor or memory of a loved one. birthday is in October, please let me know. The cost is only $15 per tree. Mazel tov to all having simchas. If you’re ill, wishFun And Games: After services and kiddush, some men and women play ing you good health. If you asked the rabbi to say prayers for a sick person, you Rummy-cube. Your support of the Traditional Synagogue, is greatly appreciated. should make your donation to the synagogue. Wishing all our members and friends, peace and good health. Get well: Gary Schwartz is at home recuperating and he continues to improve. —Gary Schwartz
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Co-op City Times / October 13, 2018
Evangelical Church of Co-op City – UMC
Come & Visit Us – We welcome you to God’s House – Your House – One Family in Christ. We are a congregation with spirit-filled worship, offering a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship and service to God and our community. We are a multi-ethnic, multicultural and bilingual congregation and all are welcome. Services are at the church at 2350 Palmer Avenue, across from Building 30. Parking is available. Our pastor is Rev. Arnaldo Sanchez and our phone number is (718) 320-3795, leave a message, if no answer. Schedule for Sundays — Come and Receive a Blessing: We have the English service starting at 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. and the Spanish Service at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The bilingual services with communion on the first Sunday of each month will be from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children: Sunday School time will be at 9:45 a.m., bring your children, they will have a great time while learning God’s word. Adult: Sunday Bible study in English will be at 8:45 a.m. and in Spanish at 10 a.m. Prayer Night (English) & Prayer/Bible Study Afternoon (Spanish): The Lord said: “Whenever two or more are gathered in my name I am in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. Tuesday afternoon from noon to 1 p.m. is the Spanish Prayer & Bible Study. Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the English Prayer Service. 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. Friday Night is Fun Night for the Youth (ages 13 – 21): This is a great time for the youth of our community to learn God’s word and enjoy each other’s company and make new friends. Start time is at 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will also be many activities. Exciting things are happening. Also on Tuesday evenings, pastor will be teaching the youth who are interested in becoming leaders; time will be 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. A Concert is Coming: We will be having a concert on December 8th at the church. We will be featuring a Gospel choir, soloists, a dancer, a Christian rapper, and others. It will be a joyous time for all. The cost will be $20/ticket for presale and $30/ticket at the door. We only have a limited number of seats so when the tickets go on sale get them quickly. We will let everyone know when the ticket sale will start. Thanks to all who supported our women’s program and our cake sale. Please keep your eye on the paper for upcoming events. We have some great events coming within the next few months. God bless. —Barbara Penn
Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church
The congregation of St. Joseph’s cordially invites you and your family to worship with us in Co-op City at 155 Dreiser Loop, lower level. All are welcome. Weekly Schedule 1. 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. We look forward to welcoming you to church service tomorrow, Sunday, October 14, at 9:00 a.m. when we will celebrate the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost. Our supply priest is Father Simeon O. Johnson who will be the preacher and celebrant. 2. Please join us on Wednesdays for an uplifting 15-minute midday service starting promptly at noon. 3. New: On Thursdays, Father Johnson will be available for telephone calls and visitations, interactive discussions on various topics in the Bible (11 a.m. to noon), followed by a very short noonday service. 4. Choir rehearsal is on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., and we are always looking for new members. Community Service: We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the Co-op City Emergency Service. Last Sunday, we had a situation in church and called for help. The response was immediate and they did what they had to do. Thanks again, we do appreciate your service. Acolytes: The church is in need of Acolytes. If anyone is interested in becoming an Acolyte, please speak with Victoria
This Sunday’s Schedule Location: 2049 Bartow. Validated parking available in Bartow parking lot. Service time: 11 a.m. Kidsong will not be available (we apologize for the inconvenience); #MobileChurchProblems. For more information about Newsong Church, our beliefs, or our ministries, please go to our website, www.newsongchurchnyc.org. “Lord, teach us to pray” 11 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” —Luke 11:1 (NKJV) Prayer is an essential part of the Christian faith. However, if we’re being honest, it’s also one of the most difficult disciplines. Often, it seems like there’s no time in our busy day to pray. Prayer meetings can be powerful, but let’s face it… they can cause anxiety and stress! I don’t know about you, but I’ve often felt inadequate when I pray. It can be intimidating to pray in a group of people, especially when it seems like everyone else offers up prayers that are not only eloquent, but also confident. Meanwhile you’re thinking, please God, don’t let the pastor ask me to pray! The disciples knew about prayer. As Jewish men, they grew up offering prayers to God all the time, for every occasion. However, they noticed that there was something different about the way that Jesus prayed. Jesus didn’t pray when He “had to pray.” Jesus wanted to pray, He longed to pray, He sometimes prayed all night long, and He expected His followers to have a prayer life that was thriving! I think his disciples felt kind of like we can feel from time to time, but they wanted what He had so they asked Him to teach them how to pray. If you need a boost in your prayer life, here’s one thing we can learn from Jesus… Plan to Pray Think about this. We make plans all the time. You plan a week or two out of your year to go on vacation. You choose the location, you decide what to bring with you, you plan on how long you’re going to stay and what you’re going to do while you’re there. So, why not plan on praying? Choose a time that’s going to be the best time. I have a Yellow Labrador who’s not only huge, he’s full of energy. I walk him for a mile or two at least twice a day so that he can get his exercise (and do other things.) One day while I was listening to my music, a thought occurred to me… Why don’t I take this time to pray? Until then, I was trying to find time to squeeze in a few minutes to talk to God, when I had at least 45 minutes every day to pray. I made the plan, and it’s been awesome! Where’s the hidden minutes in your day? It doesn’t matter where you pray, it matters that you pray! Make a plan and pray! —Pastor Mike Tolone
after service. Group Activities: The (ECW) Episcopal Church Women meet immediately after service on the first Sunday of each month. Membership is open to all women of the church. The men hold their meeting after service on the second Sunday of each month. Women’s Day: Tomorrow, October 14, we will celebrate Women’s Day. Please come out and hear the message from our motivational guest speaker, Deaconess Browne. Just a reminder, the women are expected to wear black bottoms and white tops. Fundraising Events • Saturday, November 24, Atlantic City trip to The Resorts Casino. Deluxe motor coach leaving from Dreiser Loop in front of the rehab center at 9:00 a.m. $40 p.p. Please contact June Grimes at 347-457-8249. • Stay tuned for upcoming events. Outreach Program: Our church supports the feeding program at Grace Episcopal Church in West Farms. This program is in desperate need of food. At St. Joseph’s, we collect non-perishable food items on an ongoing basis. Please remember to donate. For additional information on all of the above, please call the church at 718-320-0844. You may also visit our website at www.stjosephsepcbronxorg for more information relating to St. Joseph’s Episcopal Anglican Church, Co-op City. “May the graciousness of the lord our God be upon us; prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork!” –Psalm 90:17 —Merville Chambers
Co-op City Pentecostal Tabernacle Welcome everyone to worship with them at 100 Co-op City Blvd. Building 22 A Bronx, N.Y.10475. Tel. 718-324-0334 or 718 320-4218 Sundays: Sunday school for all age group starts at 10:30 a.m. Worship service starts at 11:45 a.m. WEDNESDAYS: Prayer and fasting service will be held each morning starting at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Prayer meeting and Bible study begins at 7:30 pm. Fridays: Youth service begins at 7:30 p.m. Focus: The purpose of Pentecost: Acts 1:1-8: The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto to the apostles whom he had chosen. To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, been seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assemble together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father ,which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And He said unto them, it is not for you to know the time and seasons, which the father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: And he shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Receiving the Holy Ghost is an essential part of salvation. It regenerates believers through the new birth experience, and it enlightens, and encourages them in their new life with Christ. Jesus told Nicodemus a ruler of the Jews: Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of the water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit. (St. John 3:5-6) The power believers receive when they are filled with the Holy Ghost in (Acts 1:8) not only empowers them as witnesses, but it also enables them to connect with Christ daily in relationship and spiritual life. The Holy Spirit is a believer’s spiritual life line. Our day is one of unprecedented allurements of the world and temptations of the flesh. Perhaps worldly temptations are no worse in substance or in number today than in previous generations. However, the present multimedia culture with the advent of computers, internets, and smarts phones delivers a multitude of temptations directly to individuals. Surrounded by such temptations, it is essential for today believers to have an empowering daily relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. —Rev. R.Sibblies
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refrain from riding bicycles near buildings and shopping centers. Bicycle riders must give pedestrians the same level of respect that they expect from motor vehicles. Everyone needs to share the road safely. Just a reminder that battery or gas power scooters or bicycles are illegal for use within New York City, including Co-op City. In addition to being illegal, they are also dangerous. Avoid the temptation of buying these items for yourself, friends or family members. Never operate a motor vehicle if you have consumed alcoholic beverages. Always buckle your seatbelt; it will save your life in a serious collision. Avoid distractions and excess speed when driving; these are the two leading causes of collisions within New York State. Always remember, if you see something, say something. If you see suspicious persons in the garage or lurking near parked vehicles on the street, an auto crime could be taking place. Notify the authorities. Call 9-1-1 and the Department of Public Safety at (718) 671-3050 or online at www.ccpd.us. Callers may remain anonymous when giving information. Co-op City is a diverse community with people of all ages, abilities and characteristics. All persons should remember to respect each other and embrace their differences. Don’t forget to say “hello” to your neighbors when you pass each other in the hallway or in the street. Co-op City strives to accommodate all persons. As Stevie Wonder said at the Grammys, “We need to make every single thing accessible to every person with a disability.” It is also important to remember that not all disabilities are visible. Someone who appears to be healthy may have a physical or developmental disability. October is awareness month for AIDS, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Depression, Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida. This is a good opportunity to learn about these diseases and disabilities or others which may affect your friends, family members or neighbors. It is a good time to learn about your neighbors and celebrate your differences and similarities. Knowledge is power, the more you learn the stronger you become. I would like to take this opportunity to remind cooperators the Co-op City Department of Public Safety is on Twitter @CCPDnyc. Our department always appreciates when you reach out to us on social media, on our website www.CCPD.us or by telephone. Please continue to follow our department and communicate with us. Safety savvy, observant cooperators are our best allies; keep up the great job. Stay safe, stay healthy and call us anytime at (718) 6713050 and 9-1-1 if something doesn’t seem quite right. (Continued from page 7)
faster turn-around of out-of-service vehicles. According to the resolution, “…Sixty-five percent (65%) of Riverbay’s 117 vehicles are over 10 years old which is leading to increased maintenance, fuel costs and delays in work associated with out-of-service vehicles; and “…replacing the old fleet of existing Riverbay vehicles with new vehicles would lead to savings in fuel costs with new fuel efficient vehicles, maintenance costs and the cost of out-of-service vehicles…” At the September 15th Open Board meeting held in the Einstein Center, Riverbay’s Executive General Manager Bob Klehammer told shareholders that Management was moving forward with a program to outsource management of the corporation’s vehicular fleet to Enterprise, pending Board approval. “We don’t manage the fleet well, and from what I understand, we put this fleet together by buying a hodge-podge of vehicles over the past 20 years,” Mr. Klehammer told shareholders attending the meeting. “We have 20 year-old vehicles still out there.” With Board approval now in hand, the contract will go to the state HCR for their approval before Enterprise takes over management of Riverbay’s trucks and cars, and replaces all of the corporate vehicles over the next five years. Enterprise will lease new vehicles to Riverbay as replacements. According to Resolution 18-34, approximately 25 vehicles per year will be replaced until the entire fleet has been cycled out. “At worst, we project to spend the same amount of money – at best, we’ll save money,” Mr. Klehammer said at the Sept. 15th meeting. He explained that the new vehicles will save money on fuel and help to prevent accidents and expenses with new safety features, including backup cameras as part of better management. Resolution 18-34 was approved by Directors Linda Berk, Bernard Cylich, Sonia Feliciano, Chery Jenkins, Daryl Johnson, Francine Jones, Kevin Lambright, Mary Pearson, Leslie Peterson, Jerome Rice, Leah Richardson, Rod Saunders and Junius Williams. Director Andrea Leslie voted no and Director Claudia Sampson was absent. Resolution 18-30, which was introduced by Director Junius Williams and seconded by Director Kevin Lambright sought to extend the community’s current smoke-free policy inside of Co-op City buildings and community centers, to also include inside of Co-op City apartments and anywhere outside within Riverbay’s property line. In March 2016, the Board approved Resolution 16-09B imposing a $300 fine for smoking inside of buildings and community centers, but not in Co-op City apartments or on the grounds. “Fire safety, health, danger and sanitary concerns” were cited in the resolution. Resolution 18-30 was defeated by a vote of 4-7, with three abstentions and one director absent. Among the directors voting to approve the resolution were Daryl Johnson, Kevin Lambright, Jerome Rice and Junius Williams. Directors who were opposed included Linda Berk, Bernard Cylich, Cheryl Jenkins, Andrea Leslie, Mary Pearson, Leslie Peterson and Rod Saunders. Directors Sonia Feliciano, Francine Jones and Leah Richardson abstained and Director Claudia Sampson was absent. At the October 3rd meeting, the Board also passed Resolution 18-32 for a contract with Xinos Construction Corp. Inc. to perform Local Law 11 façade and balcony restoration work in Section 5 (Buildings 26 through 35); and also Resolution 18-33 for a contract with Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc. to complete installation and commissioning of High Pressure Boiler #2 in the Power Plant. (Continued from page 1)
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