By Mark Saplicki & Vincent Prezioso
A recent Study of Elder
Abuse Prevalence in New York State found that 76 out of every 1,000 older New Yorkers were victims of elder abuse in a one
year period. The Study also found a dramatic gap between the rate of elder abuse events reported by older New Yorkers and
the number of cases referred to and served in the formal elder abuse service system. The reported incidence rate is nearly
24 times greater than the number of referred cases. This suggests that many elders are not seeking - or getting - the
assistance they need.
We are privileged this month to have as our guest speaker Ms. Iris
Bonhomme, Elder Abuse Outreach Worker, from R.A.I.N. (Regional Assistance for Interim Needs). Ms. Bonhomme will explain
the many forms that Elder Abuse can take, how we can identify the signs of abuse, and how seniors and their families or friends
can challenge and overcome this problem. She will also provide information on the assistance that R.A.I.N. can provide
in this regard.
Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.), a premier senior service organization established
in 1964 by our visionary Founder, Mrs. Beatrice Castiglia-Catullo. Its mission is to enhance the well-being and quality
of life for all New Yorkers by meeting the interim needs of people of all ages. We offer a Continuum of Care that includes
a range of services for seniors and those with disabilities. Our quality services include: full-service neighborhood
senior centers, home-delivered meals, transportation services, assistance with benefits and entitlements, case management
and elder abuse services, in addition to community-based mobile meals for homeless and hungry persons.
Da Prez's Quote of the Month:
Live simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly,
and leave the rest to God!
Next Meeting: Monday March 30, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center,
E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave - Use Main Entrance.
Guest Speaker: Ms
Iris Bonhomme, R.A.I.N.
Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman
Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.
of the Morris Park Library
Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian is a new reading and
discussion series for veterans. It is held in the informal setting of your local library and based on a special collection
of writing by and about men and women who have served in the military and made the transition back into civilian life.
Standing Down includes writing ranging from Homer's Iliad to personal accounts by members of the
US Armed Forces. The facilitator, Jeremy Warneke, is a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. He served in
Iraq's various provinces from May 2003 to July 2004. After being honorably discharged, he attended Sarah Lawrence College,
where he received his Bachelor of Arts. His writing has been published in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Afterwords,
The American Legion Magazine, Scintilla, The Bronx Chronicle, Nine Lines, Bronx Times Reporter and elsewhere. The program
is open to service members of all eras and their families and is free. Veterans will receive a free copy of the
6 Sessions at 985 Morris Park Avenue Bronx, NY, 10462 (718) 931-0636. Mondays from 5:30 PM -
6:45PM March 23, April 6, April 20
May 4, May 18, and June 1. Sponsored by The New York Council for
(FYI Jeremy Warneke currently serves as our District Manager of Community Board #11)
From Da Prez!
Vincent T. Prezioso
At our next meeting, I will have updates on the following
- Pelham Parkway North Reconstruction: The final plans for this project
are being submitted by the NYC Department of Design.
- Safe Streets: There have been some concerns specific to our
area, and there may be changes coming
- Hutch Metro Center: Awaiting word on study regarding direct access to this
area from the Hutchinson River Parkway.
Courtesy of the NYPD
Community Affairs Dept.
IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTION
Identity theft happens when
someone steals your personal information, such as your Social Security number, address, phone number or financial account
information, and uses it to open up lines of credit IN YOUR NAME.
What you can
do to protect yourself?
- Protect your personal information. Do not give out
information such as your social security number, and important passwords to your accounts.
- Never carry your social
security card, memorize the number. If you must give the number for verification over the phone, the last 4 digits should
suffice. Institutions should never ask you to provide your full social security number.
- Do not give personal information
over the phone; the caller on the other side may not be who they purport to be.
- Use a secured mailbox.
- Check your credit history and score regularly. Subscribe to a reputable
credit monitoring service. It may cost you a fee but peace of mind is priceless.
- Shred all documents containing important
information before disposing of them.
The NYPD Crime Prevention Section hosts shredding events on
a monthly basis. For more information on shredding events, tips and other Crime Prevention programs, contact us
at CrimePrevention@nypd.org or 212-614-6741.
Tax Scams and IRS
Don't fall victim to tax scams. Remember - if it sounds too
good to be true, it probably is. If you know of a tax fraud, you can report it to the IRS by sending completed Form 3949-A, Information Referral, to Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888. You can download the form or call 1-800-829-3676 to
order by mail.
Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of these "too good to be true" tax scams.
For more information, go to www.irs.gov.
Remember, the IRS NEVER calls people on the phone
to collect taxes.
The IRS stops and flags suspicious or duplicate federal
tax returns that falsely represent your identity, such as your name or social security number. If the IRS suspects tax ID
theft, the agency will send a 5071C letter to your home address. If you receive this letter, verify your identity at idverify.irs.gov or call the toll-free number listed in the letter.
If you are a victim of state tax ID theft, contact your
state's taxation department or comptroller's office about the next steps you need to take.
AARP Fraud Watch Alert
The AARP Fraud Watch Network gives you access to information about how to protect yourself
and your family. Non-members and members alike can get our Watchdog Alerts, stay up on con artists' latest tricks, and find out what to do if you've been victimized. It's free for everyone because
AARP is committed to safeguarding Americans' financial futures. Visit: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/.
NYC Spring Tree Giveaway
Pick up your free tree! In partnership with community organizations across
the five boroughs, NYRP is giving away trees. NYC residents can pick up a free tree and learn how to plant and care for them.
To reserve your free tree, register online at www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways
March 28 // 9:00am-11:00am Pugsley Ave. &
Seward Ave., next to tennis courts; Castle Hill, Bronx Guild High School
March 28 // 11:00am-1:00pm 1768 Bryant Ave.;
Claremont Village, Bronx We Stay / Nos Quedamos Committee Inc. & The Office of Council Member Maria Del Carmen Arroyo
April 18 // 11:00am-1:00pm 3075 Baisley Ave., The First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck; Schuylerville, Bronx Waterbury
LaSalle Community Association
April 26 // 12:00pm-2:00pm 281 W. 230th St.; Kingsbridge, Bronx TD Bank: Kingsbridge
FREE Tax Assist for Seniors
BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ JR. & Bethex Federal Credit Union Present
BRONX SENIOR FREE TAX ASSISTANCE DAY Tuesday, March 24th ~ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. By Appointment Only Mount Hope Community
Center 55 East 175th Street, 3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10453.
TAX RETURNS PREPARED FREE OF CHARGE
must bring with you: Social Security Card for everyone on return; Photo ID; Birthdates for everyone on the return; W2 and/or
1099 Statements for all jobs in 2014; Bank Accounts and routing numbers for fastest return through direct deposit Last year's
income tax returns. Taxes are prepared by certified volunteers trained by the IRS. Space is limited! Call
today to reserve your seat: 718-590-3998. Light Refreshments will be served!
Crime Victims Week
Bronx Independent Living Services & Hostos Community College Present: The Annual Bronx Survivor's Tribute.
Program will include: Awards/ Survivor's Testimonials; Singing/Dancing; Fashion Show (80s, 90s, 00s); Guest Speakers
and Much More! Refreshments will be Served. Date: Friday, April 24, 2015 Time: 4 pm - 8:30 pm Place: Hostos Community
College Savoy D-Building-Multipurpose Room 3rd Floor 120 E. 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451. For more information or to
RSVP contact Dominga Torres at (718) 515-2800 Ext. 118.
Look For a Home, Need Help?
Services of the North Bronx can assist you! For over 20 years, NHS, a trusted not-for-profit organization, has provided
New Yorkers with the affordable loans and housing education they need to buy improve and keep their homes. Our nine offices
partner with corporations and government to help more than 16,000 people each year. In our efforts to build strong communities,
we are led by local residents and guided by local needs. The branch for the North Bronx is located at 1178 East Gun Hill Road
What does NHS do?
NHS is a not-for-profit housing organization,
established in 1982, which helps New Yorkers buy and improve their homes, thereby bettering their neighborhoods. We
help people get mortgages and lend them money to cover down payment and closing costs. We also lend money for home improvement
and repairs. Education is a very important part of NHS' mission: we counsel people on homeownership and foreclosure
prevention, and teach classes and seminars on homeownership, financial fitness and home maintenance training.