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NorthEast Bronx Assn - Newsletter
'neighbors watching out for neighbors
 November 2014



Next Meeting: 
Next Meeting: Monday November 24, 7:30pm at Kings Harbor Multi Care Center, Stillwell Ave at E Gun Hill Rd.
Agenda: Update on community concerns. Also representatives of the 49th precinct; the offices of NYS Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj; NYS Senator Jeff Klein and from NYC Councilman Jimmy Vacca.



See Crime Alert Page for important NYPD Scam Alert!





NEBA Holiday Food & Toy Drives

By Mark Saplicki &Vincent Prezioso

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. As the holiday season is almost upon us, we appeal to everyone to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.  As we do each year, NEBA will be delivering fresh turkeys and coordinating a collection of non-perishable foods for the needy.  If you are disabled and cannot deliver the goods yourself, call us at 718-519-1723 and we will send a member of our Civilian Patrol to pick up the food from you.  Please be generous in sharing a part of what God has graced you with!

St Lucy's Food Pantry

Once again this year NY State Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, Joe Ferrer of BS&F Auto Parts and the Liberty Democratic Association including our long-time friend Joe McManus, have contributed to feed the needy, by donating 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. And not the least of all is our friend Frank Restagno who delivers the turkeys to the food pantries. 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.

Franciscan 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 Frank Martinez who assisted in picking up the food from our seniors' group and delivering to the Franciscan Sisters.  However, the backbone of this effort is our own seniors' brigade, headed by Carmen Rivera made Janice Shapiro.  They give generously every year to this cause. NEBA was also able to provide 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.


Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday November 24, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave - Use Main Entrance.


Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.


Reminder: NO Meeting in December

Toys for Tots

     The Northeast 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 will be collecting UNWRAPPED toys on Tuesday December 2 and Tuesday December 16 from our Seniors group between 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 718-519-1723 and he will arrange for someone to pick up the toys BEFORE DECEMBER 16.  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 Carmen Rivera and 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.


From Da Prez...

By Vincent Prezioso

We are thankful

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!

Funding for our Seniors Day Out program has been renewed, thanks to grants sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Vacca and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.  This will allow our seniors to plan activities through June 2015.  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!

Congratulations are in order for US Representative Joe Crowley, State Senator Jeff Klein, State Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. who were all successful in their bids for reelection.  May they continue to represent us as well as they have in the past.

Thank you, Bronx Zoo!

For several years the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo has underwritten the Community Access Program, which reaches out to community based organizations in an effort to create greater awareness and access to the programs at the Bronx Zoo.  The Northeast Bronx Association is proud to have been associated with this program and we are grateful for the efforts of Stephanie Sukhoo in this regard.

Botanical Gardens:

The Annual Train Show will showcase at the NYBG from November 19  to January 19.  You can receive 30% off selected tickets by visiting and using code 7164.

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

Laura Thurston; Louise Restagno; Mary Ferrara;  John Fratta at the passing of his mother Agnes; Joan Bellitto at the passing of her husband Anthony.

Joe Shapiro: We ask special prayers for Joe Shapiro, who is suffering from a terminal condition.  Joe has been a member of the Northeast Bronx Association since its inception, and served on our Civilian Patrol for many years.  He is a true gentleman and never refused a request to assist us, and the same can be said of his lovely wife Janice.  Joe is a kind and gentle soul with a positive attitude and it is always a pleasure to be in his presence.  May God have mercy on Joe and his family in his hour of need.

NYPD Community Affairs

Courtesy NYPD Community Affairs Bureau

Please be alert when paying at the gas pump for Credit Card Skimming Devices.  These devices are being found at gas stations throughout New York City and surrounding counties.


  • In January 2014 thirteen defendants were charged with using card skimmers installed at gas stations to steal more than $2 million from customers throughout the southern US.
  • In July Detective Jeffrey Marshall of Nassau County PD stated that three different businesses within a two minute drive from the stations had cases of employees skimming cards.
  • Skimming devices are being found at gas pumps throughout theU.S and in one recent check-up, 180 pumps had been hijacked.
  • A former Credit Card hacker, claiming to have made thousands of dollars a day in cash, who trained US Secrete Service instead of going to prison, stated that he preferred targeting gas stations over ATM machines.

The following NYC gas stations had skimming devices:

  • February 2014: one incident Hess station in Queens - 134-15 Cross Bay Blvd.
  • April 2014: two incidents Sunoco stations Queens - 1248 Coney Island Aveand 1907Cropsey Ave.
  • August 2014: one incident Mobil Queens - 43-07 Astoria Blvd.


  • Choose a pump near the cashier. Experts say skimmers prefer to target pumps in the shadows.
  • Inspect the gas pump reader before using it.
  • If you do suspect a skimming device, call 911.
  • If a device is discovered refrain from touching, CALL 911.
  • When possible utilize cash, instead of your credit/debit card.

MTA Alert

This is to inform you that emergency track work will be performed along the elevated Dyre Avenue 5 line beginning Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The installation of track panels along this line is scheduled to be performed in approximately five consecutive weeks: from Tuesday, October 21 until Sunday, November 23, 2014.  The preparatory work will be executed during the weekdays and track removal and installation work will be performed on weekends: Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Street cranes will be required during the installation and will be placed at the following locations: 

Crane Locations:

No. 1: Neill Avenue between Bronxdale and Hunt Avenues.

No. 2: Brady Avenue between Matthews and Muliner Avenues

No. 3: Bogart Avenue between Lydig and Brady Avenues

No. 4: Dewitt Place between Stedman Place and Wilson Avenue

Parking restrictions will be in effect at each crane location for 150 feet in each direction to allow for crane placement and material staging and for the safety of the general public along the panel installation locations on the Dyre Avenue.  Flagging and traffic devices will be used for vehicular traffic during this project.

Giving Thanks...

Editorial 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.

October 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 remembered mercy.

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.  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.