NEBA Holiday Food & Toy Drives
Vincent Prezioso and Mark Saplicki
What is Thanksgiving? Obviously it is the act of giving thanks
or showing gratitude. To us at NEBA it is the time of year to give THANKS to God for what we have and to participate
in the act of GIVING to those less fortunate than ourselves.
St Lucy's Food Pantry
this year the Liberty Democratic Association including our long-time friend Joe McManus, have contributed to feed the needy,
by donating 20 fresh turkeys this Thanksgiving. We wish to express our appreciation to the Executive Board and Ex-Officio
Officers of the Liberty Democratic Association: Ritchie Torres, Zena Twyman, Ray Unger, Monica Major, Rev Charles Gorelick,
Harry Hertzberg, Kenny Agosto, Miriam Schwartz, Maria Gonzalez and Joseph A McManus. We are also fortunate to have a friend
in Frank Restagno who delivered the turkeys to the food pantry at St Lucy's Church. May God bless all these wonderful
people and their families!
Please be aware that St. Lucy's parish runs a Food Pantry for the needy all year long,
and your donations of non-perishable items are always welcomed! St. Lucy's is located at 833 Mace Ave, at Bronxwood Ave, 718-882-0710.
Sisters of the Renewal
Again this year NEBA has partnered with the men of the Holy Name Society of the Church
of the Holy Rosary and provided non-perishable food items for the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal. The sisters' apostolic
mission is work with the poor and homeless and evangelization; and their organization has 2 convents in the northeast Bronx.
Many thanks to Glenn Petriello who picked up the food from our seniors' group and delivered to the Franciscan Sisters.
However, the backbone of this effort is our own seniors' brigade, headed by Mary Ferrara & Janice Shapiro - they give
generously every year to this cause. NEBA was also able to provide 20 turkeys to the Franciscan Sisters for distribution to
needy families. Again we are thankful to Frank Restagno for delivering the goods. NEBA is grateful and humbled
by the charity shown by all involved in this project.
Please be aware that donations of non-perishable items are
collected regularly for the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal at the Church of the Holy Rosary, located at 1510 Adee Ave,
off Eastchester Road, 718-379-4432.
Monday November 25, 7:30PM at Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, 2000 East Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave.
Update on community concerns
Let Your Voice Be Heard!
you have a situation that requires attention, please attend our next meeting and we will be happy to record your concern and
have it investigated. Also, any resident who wishes to address a concern relative to our neighborhood can do so at any
of our meetings. However you must register with us prior to the beginning of the meeting. You will be given 3
minutes to speak.
Toys for Tots
Bronx Association and Einstein Hospital will again be sponsoring Toys For Tots to benefit the Einstein
Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center and the Department of Psychiatry's Wellness Center. We appeal to everyone
to donate unwrapped toys for children ages infant to 12 years old, who might not otherwise receive such gifts. NEBA
and Einstein will be collecting toys from November 19 through December 18. Our Seniors group will be collecting unwrapped
toys on Tuesday December 19, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2407 Eastchester Road at Waring Avenue. If
you are unable to drop off toys, please call Vinny at 718-231-8569 and he will arrange for someone to pick up the toys BEFORE
NOVEMBER 19. Based upon your wonderful response last year, Einstein has expanded the program, and we are confident we
can do even better this year, especially due to the extraordinary generosity of our seniors', headed by Mary Ferrara &
Janice Shapiro. The children are our future so please be generous and teach them about caring for others. You can make
a difference in a child's life.
Funding for our Seniors Day Out program has been renewed, thanks
to a major grant sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Vacca; and also a minor grant from Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. This
will allow our seniors to plan activities through June 2014. NEBA charges neither dues nor fees for any of the programs
we offer. As a not-for-profit corporation, NEBA works hard to secure public funding, such as the grant herein mentioned.
Our seniors are eternally grateful for the ongoing financial support of Councilman Vacca, and Borough President Diaz.
May God bless our seniors, our representatives...and the U.S.A!
From Da Prez!
Vincent T. Prezioso
The Northeast Bronx Association is essentially run by a small group of dedicated volunteers who
go unsung most of the year. None of them look for any recognition at all - they are satisfied with the reward of knowing
they are doing what they can for their family and community. I hope all of you will pause with me for a moment to give
thanks for our volunteers. The job of running a neighborhood association is a heavy burden, but it is certainly a little easier
when people care enough to step forward and volunteer unselfishly for the benefit of their neighbors. To all of our
volunteers, members and friends, many blessings for a happy and healthy thanksgiving!
is recovering from serious surgery recently. Please keep her in your prayers that she may be restored to good health
and relieved of her pain. Louise is the wife of our good friend Frank who procures and delivers our turkeys each year
to those in need.
NO MEETING IN DECEMBER
Quote of the month:
It is easy to make a buck; it is a lot tougher to make a difference. Tom Brokaw
you will not receive this newsletter before Veterans Day, we ask that you continually keep all our service men and women,
past and present in your prayers, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Freedom is not free;
it is paid for by the blood of our military, on our behalf.
Fisher House Foundation
House is "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical
centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
There are 62 Fisher Houses located in the United States and Germany.
Typically, the houses are 5,000 to 16,000 square
foot homes donated by Fisher House Foundation. Each house is designed to provide eight to 21 suites. All are professionally
furnished and decorated in the tone and style of the local region. The houses can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. They
feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with library, and toys for
Who Runs a Fisher House:
Fisher Houses are given to the U.S. Government as gifts. Military service secretaries
and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the homes. The Fisher House Foundation,
Inc., a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, builds new houses, and assists in the coordination
of private support and encourages public support for the homes.
Who Is Eligible to Stay At A Fisher House:
established locally by hospital or installation commanders. Families do not pay to stay at a Fisher House. Fees at Army, Navy
and Air Force Fisher Houses are underwritten by Fisher House Foundation.
served: Over 19,000
- Average length of stay: 10 days
- Average (combat casualties): 45-60 days
lodging capacity: 735 families
- Saved families more than $30 million in
lodging cost, plus
food and transportation
Since Inception (1990):
- Families served: Over 180,000
of lodging days offered: 5 million
- Saved families more than $200 million in lodging and transportation cost
- Four stars (out of four) from Charity Navigator
- A+ from American Institute of Philanthropy
Fisher House Locations:
For more information please see our website: www.fisherhouse.org
Fisher House Foundation facilitates several major programs that help improve the lives of military families,
including: Hero Miles; Newman's Own Award; and Scholarships for Military Children.
For further information
about the program, volunteering or to make a tax deductible gift:
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
Rockville Pike, Suite 420,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (888) 294-8560; Fax: (301) 294-8562
comment for your reflection: Somehow it seems to me that this nation was significantly better off (even in the midst of a
great conflict) when we and especially our leaders believed that everything we have was due to something greater than themselves,
and that we are not entitled to anything but should be grateful for the gifts of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
3, 1863 by the President of the United States
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings
of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the
source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate
and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of
a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their
aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed,
and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted
by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful
industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of
our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than
heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the
battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance
of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great
things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged
as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of
the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the
last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And
I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings,
they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who
have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and
fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may
be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.
Done at the city
of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence
of the United States the eighty-eighth. Abraham Lincoln
God bless you and
your families this holiday season. Be thankful for what you have and share some of it with those less fortunate than yourself.
And May God Bless America.