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

Guest Speaker:

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

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COMMUNITY BULLETINS


SENIOR RESOURCES...courtest of Elderimpact.org

With more and more people joining the ranks of seniors these days, there really can’t be enough information to share. And while the internet has gobs of resources, it can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

At Elderimpact.org, we’re dedicated to helping seniors stay healthy, connected, and up on today’s news and developments. That’s why I’m sharing with you a collection of great resources we put together. I hope you find them useful and that you will consider sharing them with your readers. Maybe here: http://www.nebxassn.com/?

The Boomer's Ultimate Guide to Adding Value to Your Home

9 of the Best Travel Destinations for Seniors and Retirees

Downsizing in Your Senior Years? Decluttering Tips for Seniors

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities

Healthy Aging Into Your 80s and Beyond

Substance Abuse And Addiction In The Elderly

Caring for Elderly Parents: Managing Role-Reversal

Senior-Friendly Remodeling

Aging Parents And Children Should Talk About Finances

Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living: Identify Potential Warning Signs that It’s Time for a Move

Caretakers' Guide to Moving Seniors Into a Facility

Checklist: Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Memorial Service

Reasons for Cremation or Burial: Practical and Personal Considerations

I know this is a lot to look through, and I appreciate you taking the time to review.

All the best,

Marie Villeza

Elderimpact.org | marie_villeza@elderimpact.org

340 S Lemon Ave #5780

Walnut, CA 91789

 

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NYC Department of Health

Legionnaires' Disease Frequently Asked Questions

What is Legionnaires' disease?

Legionnaires' disease (or Legionellosis ) is a type of pneumonia.

It is caused by bacteria (Legionella) that grow in warm water.

Is the disease contagious?  

No. Legionnaires' disease is not spread from person to person. People only get sick by breathing in water vapor containing the bacteria. People who are sick cannot make others sick.

Who is at risk?

Groups at high risk include people who are middle-aged or older-especially cigarette smokers-people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs).

What are the symptoms of Legionnaires' disease?

Symptoms are like the flu and can include fever, chills, muscle aches and cough. Some people may also have headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion or diarrhea.

What should I do if I think I have Legionnaires' disease?

If you have flu-like symptoms, seek medical attention right away, especially if you have a medical condition that affects your breathing, like emphysema, or if you are a smoker.

What is the treatment for Legionnaires' disease?

The disease is treated with antibiotics. Most people get better with early treatment, although they may need to be hospitalized. Some people may get very sick or even die from complications of the disease. That's why it is important to get medical help right away if you develop symptoms.

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE 
Mary T. Bassett, MD, _M PH Commissioner


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How to Report Suspicious Activity within the NYPD 49th Precinct

1. Document all suspicious activity, including dates and times and description of potential perpetrators and their actions. Be as specific as possible.

2. Get the names and contact information of all the neighbors who are complaining. Also ask them to document dates, times, descriptions of suspicious activity.

3. Report the incident(s) to the NYPD 49th police precinct http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precincts/precinct_049.shtml or 718-918-2026 (Crime Prevention Officer).

4. Attend a meeting of the 49th precinct Community Council (info provided in the above link, or call 718-918-2025 Community Relations Officer.) You will be able to register to speak at the meeting about the issue. The Captain of the Precinct is usually present.

5. If you witness specific criminal activity in progress, call 9-1-1.

6. If the suspicious activity continues and police action is not taken, call 3-1-1 to report. You will receive a case number.

7. If still no action taken, go to the Community Board #11, http://www.nyc.gov/html/cau/html/cb/bronx.shtml, or call 718-892-6262 with your case number from 3-1-1 and ask them to follow up.

How to Report Suspected Vehicle Violations

1. Record the following from the vehicle: plate number; registration sticker expiration date; make and model. Describe the condition of the vehicle; especially if plates are missing; windows are broken; doors are unlocked; etc.

2. Call Community Affairs Officer Jay Sturdivant at 49th Pct at 718-918-2032; leave a detailed message and be sure to mention you are a member of the Northeast Bronx Assn.

3. Be aware that homeowners do NOT have special rights to any parking spots on any street in NYC.

4. If your report is deemed valid, the NYPD will send an officer to investigate and determine if the car is legally parked. If it is not legally parked, a summons can be issued; after which it can be towed.

5. If a vehicle is blocking your driveway you must call the NYPD and have a summons issued; after which YOU must call a towing service to have the vehicle removed.

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Seniors: Almost FREE Lunch!
The Seniors Center at Our Lady of Mount Carmel invites seniors to have a nutricious gourmet meal, prepared by a fine Italian chef on any weekday. The menu may include: Lasagna, Chicken Francese, Chicken Marsala, Manicotti, Baked Ziti, pork chops, Eggplant Parm, and many More of Your favorites. Lunch is served at noon and the suggested donation for seniors is two bucks! The Seniors Center also has a full calendar of events every month and you can receive a copy by calling 718-733-8852. Activities include Exercise, Dancing, Yoga, Bingo, Pool Games and more! The Center is located at 187th Street and Southern Boulevard in the heart of Little Italy in Da Bronx. The Seniors program is funding by the NYC Department for the Aging.

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NYC EMERGENCY ALERT PROGRAM
 
Notify NYC to warn New Yorkers about emergencies via e-mail, phone , BY ADAM LISBERG, DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU

A new city system will warn New Yorkers about disasters and emergencies in their neighborhoods by phone, text message and e-mail.
The Notify NYC program will start a six-month pilot project next week in four areas, including lower Manhattan, residents of which were left without information during the deadly August fire at the former Deutsche Bank building.

"It would have been used in the Deutsche Bank fire," said Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, who oversaw the project. "One of the messages we got from people was, 'Even if there's nothing we have to do, we still want information.'" The alerts will notify residents about looming natural disasters like dangerous storms as well as urban emergencies like water-main breaks and blackouts. Skyler said the city will give instructions as necessary, hoping to fill an information vacuum for events that aren't big enough to merit citywide coverage.

"We're not trying to be 1010 WINS [radio] or the Weather Channel," Skyler said. "We didn't have an effective way to directly get information into people's hands." Anyone can sign up for the alerts at www.nyc.gov, but the alerts will cover only community districts in lower Manhattan, the Rockaways in Queens, the northeast Bronx and southern Staten Island.

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UCP/NYC Seeks Qualified Bronx Residents for Home Modification Program

Doorways to Independence is a UCP/NYC initiative that seeks to surmount one of the biggest challenges for a individual with a disability living within New York City – accessibility in the home. Most apartments and houses are not built to be accessible to people with disabilities, and Doorways can help change that.

By widening doorways and installing special switches, handrails, and grab bars, individuals with limited mobility can move about more freely, access every room, and operate lights and equipment with greater ease. Installation of ramps and lifts can provide increased access to the world outside their home.

Access to Home, a New York State program, is part of the Doorways to Independence initiative and provides grants for modifications to low-income families and individuals in certain areas of the city. UCP/NYC is currently seeking qualified applicants from the Bronx. There are limitations on the amount of money that can be spent on each project as well as income guidelines that must be met to be eligible.

If you have a disability, or if your child has a disability, and you are a Bronx resident, and you need a modification of your home, please contact UCP/NYC’s Project Connect at 877 UCP Connect (877-827-2666) to find out if you qualify. You will then be asked to fill out an application and supply proof of income and disability.

Whether you live with your family or on your own, your home is important to you. The Doorways to Independence initiative can help you to maintain your independence as well as be a part of your community. If you live in the Bronx, please contact us to find out whether you qualify for assistance.

UCP/NYC Project Connect: 877 UCP Connect , 877-827-2666

Brochure text:

“Access to Home” is a grant-funded program that enables persons with disabilities to apply for home modifications that will allow them greater mobility within their own homes. Modifications such as ramps, lifts, automatic door openers, window protections, and bathroom and kitchen modifications help an individual to be more independent and offer an alternative to out-of-home placement.  This program is available to families and individuals from the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. There are limitations on the amount of money that can be spent on each project and there are income guidelines that must be met to be eligible.  To apply for this program, applicants should complete an Access to Home application and supply proof of income and disability. To receive an application, please call UCP/NYC’s Project Connect at 877-UCP Connect and an application will be sent to you. Applicants can also make an appointment to review their requests with a UCP/NYC staff person.

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REGARDING EMAIL RUMORS, INTERNET VIRUSES AND INTERNET PETITIONS

Bottom line: It is frustrating that people who normally would not pass along rumors they hear verbally from other people, just casually pass along the same unverified information via email. They think they are being do-gooders, but really they are avoiding responsibility…let the next guy do it, etc.

Here are 3 sites you can visit to verify the validity of messages and to get more information on the truth of the matter.

http://urbanlegends.about.com/
http://www.snopes.com/
http://www.truthorfiction.com/

The above sites provide an analysis of the email and links to legitimate websites that provide the facts.
 
To verify the validity of an internet virus:
Below is a link to the Symantec Security Response Virus Hoax site. http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html

Please put this site in your Favorites of your web browser. Be sure to check it anytime you receive a Virus Alert - before you forward it! And just follow some computer common sense:

1. Keep your virus definitions up to date weekly

2. Do not open attachments from anyone you do not know.

3. Delete permenently all suspicious email immediately.

Here is the link to an article about Internet Petitions that should be enlightening - most of the petitions you receive are completely useless! http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp

So now you have the information you need to stop all the nonsense - what will YOU do?

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT PHISHING IS?

If you do not really know how to spot a phishing email, your identity could be stolen!
 
Take this test from the people at Pay Pal:   Hey, have you ever heard of phishing? It's those emails you get that look like they're from a real company, but are actually fake. Well there's a new Fight Phishing Challenge that can show you how good you are at spotting the fakes. I just took it. You should try it - I earned a badge by scoring a perfect 5 out of 5. Open a new browser and type www.paypal.com/fightphishing.

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DISPLAY YOUR ADDRESS

We have been informed through Community Board 11 that Topographical Bureau of the Bronx Borough President's office will be starting to enforce the NY City Administractive code related to the display of addresses on all buildings - residential and commercial. The reason for the enforcement is that display of correct street addresses is critical to the response of emergency services to life threatening crises and potential loss of property. Missing or mis-read numbers can lead to loss of life or property.

For more information please contact the Community Board at 718-892-6262 or the Topographical Bureau at 718-590-3047.

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DIAL A TEACHER 1-212-777-3380

Free Help with Homework

Parents: Get Help working with your child Students:


Call to get help in Reading Math Writing or Science We also speak Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Greek, Hebrew, Korean & Russian Call Monday through Thursday 4 to 7PM

A teacher will answer, ready to help

Sponsored by the United Federation of Teachers and the Department of Education of the City of New York

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Who Cares About The Bronx?
 
We do!
As New York City's leading volunteer organization, New York Cares offers up to 750 flexibly scheduled volunteer projects across the city every month. We are expanding opportunities in your neighborhood and are looking for new volunteers in the Bronx to make that happen. We need you!

No other volunteer organization offers as many ways to make a difference!

-Explore Art with children
-Serve hot meals to families living with HIV/AIDS
-Revitalize parks and gardens across the Bronx
-Tutor local high school students as they prepare for the SATs
-Read bedtime stories to children in transitional shelters.....

If you care about the Bronx, volunteer with New York Cares.
Visit *www.nycares.org* to sign up or contact Hanh Tran at 212-402-1116 or hanh_tran@nycares.org for additional information on how you can make a difference in your neighborhood.

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HELP FOR OUR RECOVERING SOLDIERS…
If you would like to offer assistance to our brave soldiers who have been injured please visit this site: www.sewmuchcomfort.org. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity for people to help from home. Hopefully the soldiers will feel more comfortable while they recover.

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MONTE HEALTH NEWS

Montefiore Medical Center publishes a newsletter that includes articles on various Topical Health Issues, and events such as screenings and workshops. To receive the newsletter call 1-800-MD-MONTE (1-800-636-66683) or visit www.montefiore.org/newsletters.

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SEND A THANK YOU TO A U.S. SOLDIER IN IRAQ
The following webservice has verifed the legitimacy of this service by Xerox Corp.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing/letssaythanks.asp

If you go to the web site at www.letssaythanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and the Xerox Corporation will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CELL PHONES AND THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY


The email circulating about cell numbers being released to telemarketers is NOT true.
However the links and phones numbers on the email which say they are for the FTC or DO NOT CALL REGISTRY are ERRONEOUS. The following is from the Federal Trade Commission site: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2006/01/dnccellphones.htm The approved link to the FTC Do Not Call registry can be accessed through the above website. The Truth about Cell Phones and the Do Not Call Registry (January 19, 2006) The Federal Trade Commission today reiterated that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers in the near future, and that it is not necessary to register cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry to be protected from most telemarketing calls to cell phones.

The truth about cell phones and the DNC Registry is:

• Contrary to the e-mail, cell phone numbers are NOT being released to telemarketers, and you will NOT soon be getting telemarketing calls on your cell phone.

• There is NO deadline by which you must register your cell phone number on the Registry.

• Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

• The national associations representing telemarketers have stated that their clients do not intend to start calling consumers’ cell phones.

• There is only ONE DNC Registry. There is no separate registry for cell phones.

• The DNC Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. You must call from the phone number that you want to register. If you register online, you must respond to a confirmation e-mail. • While the telecommunications industry has been discussing the possibility of creating a wireless 411 directory, according to the FCC, even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to cell phones would still be illegal, regardless of whether the number is listed on the federal government’s National Do Not Call Registry. In addition, according to the industry:

• Your number would not be included in a wireless 411 directory unless you wanted it to be (i.e., you will have to “opt-in”); and

• The wireless 411 directory would not be available in a printed, electronic, or Internet list for telemarketers. In other words, a list of numbers on the wireless 411 directory would not be made available to telemarketers.

To learn more about the National DNC Registry and the rules that enforce it, visit the FTC at www.ftc.gov or the FCC at www.fcc.gov. For more information about a planned “wireless 411” directory visit http://www.qsent.com/wireless411/index.shtml.

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.

To file a complaint in English or Spanish (bilingual counselors are available to take complaints), or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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HEALTHY BRONX ALERT – FREE PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM

A short reminder from the Bronx District Public Health Office for everyone to take advantage of the Shape Up New York program, a FREE physical fitness program for the whole family!

There are two locations in the Bronx, one at the Crotona Park pool house and the other at the St. Mary's Recreation Center. Please see the attached flyer for additional information or call the number below.

The staff at the Bronx District Public Health Office
1826 Arthur Avenue, Suite 100
Bronx, NY 10457 718-466-9178

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HEALTHY HOMES CAMPAIGN

The New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and Consumer Affairs (DCA)today announced comprehensive efforts to promote lead-safe work techniques as part of its "Healthy Homes" campaign. Attached is detailed information about this campaign to promote lead-safe work techniques.

As always, do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.
Thank you.

Jessica Morris, Director (jmorris@health.nyc.gov) 212-788-4735
Michele Lan, Assistant Director (mlan@health.nyc.gov) 212-676-8551
Marc Barbiere, Health Educator (mbarbier@health.nyc.gov) 212-788-4599

The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene is now offering information important for the health of all New Yorkers. To sign up for these new and valuable updates, log-on to our website at http://www.nyc.gov/health/email and select the NYC DOHMH updates you'd like to receive.
 
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From the Office of the Bronx Borough President:
THE BRONXATWORK.COM
 
.. Find hundreds of Bronx and New York jobs immediately on www.thebronxatwork.com!
.. Access jobs in all industries from healthcare to trade to education...all for free!
.. Post your resume and apply to jobs directly online!
.. Employers—post free job listings!
.. Advice and tips on creating a cover letter, writing a resume, interviewing, and other job search topics!

Comprehensive list of career advice sites, New York City job sites, and Bronx companies.

Do these names sound familiar? ABC Carpet & Home Inc., Empire Erectors & Electrical Co. Inc., Baldor Special Food, Bidget Carruth childcare Services, Feiss Industries, Safe Horizons, State of New York Unified Court System, The Shoe Factory, The Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, and WOR Radio 710 AM.

These employers are just a few of many that are hiring on www.thebronxatwork.com!
Jobs Going Fast at www.thebronxatwork.com Click it now!.


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NATIONAL "DO NOT CALL REGISTRY" LAUNCHED

Citizens can now visit www.donotcall.gov to join the National Do Not Call Registry and limit unwanted telemarketing calls.

National Do Not Call Registry Website: http://www.donotcall.gov/

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EVERYONE NEEDS A PLACE TO CALL HOME…
but many frail elderly persons, or persons with disabilities, or with medical problems, need a home with a caregiver who will provide some basic services

home cooked meals
a furnished bedroom
laundry and housekeeping
reminders of medicine, appointments, etc.
in short, a foster family for adults.

To become a Family Home caregiver, consider:
? Do you have an extra room available?
? Would you like to provide care for someone in your home?
? Are you interested in operating a small business at home to earn extra income?

If the answers are yes, call for an information package, at (212) 630-9817, 0957, 0937 NYC Human Resources Administration Adult Protective Services Family Homes for Adults 330 West 34th Street, 2nd fl. New York, NY 10001

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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOKS BY MAIL SERVICE


This service is available to homebound persons of all ages, who live in Manhattan, Bronx or Staten Island. Books-By-Mail is only for persons unable to leave the house, even if the disability is temporary. Book, recordings and videos are available through this service. Call the Books-by-Mail @212-621-0564 (VOICE) or 212-621-0553 (TTY) and request an application for the service. Please leave your name and phone number and a Library volunteer will get back to you.

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CALL 1-800-ASK-USPS
GET ANSWERS FAST
 www.usps.com

The United States Postal Service has made it easier for you to receive information by phone. For your convenience, just call their toll-free number.... 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) for all your postal inquiries. They provide ZIP Codes, postage rates, mailing requirements, vacation hold mail and other features.


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If you wish to be included in our Crime Alert system, please send us your email address and your full name. NEBA does not share email or postal addresses with third parties. If you wish to take an active part in the effort to reduce crime and maintain the quality of life in our community, please contact us. The NorthEast Bronx Association has programs that work. What we need are more concerned citizens to volunteer to work the programs!

 

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