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NorthEast Bronx Association Corporation

 'neighbors watching out for neighbors'

 April 2018

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

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

Blocking Unwanted Calls






Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission

You have a few options for blocking robocalls and other unwanted calls.  When you choose, consider the type of service and phone you have, how many unwanted calls you get, how much you want to share your personal information, and how much you’re willing to pay.  If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall. Internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal sales robocalls from anywhere in the world. It also lets them hide from law enforcement by displaying fake caller ID information. What are your options for blocking robocalls and other unwanted calls?

Mobile Apps

Call blocking apps let you create blacklists – lists of numbers to block from calling your cell phone. Many of these apps also create their own blacklist databases from numbers that have received significant consumer complaints and some even use complaints to the FTC as a source.  They also let you create whitelists – numbers to allow – that are broader than just your personal contacts.

Some mobile apps let you choose which types of calls you want to block. For example, you might block all calls except contacts, or all calls except your contacts and numbers on a whitelist that you have created. Some apps offer additional features: reverse call look up, providing data on incoming numbers (like community-based reviews or data about the number from a search engine), blocking unwanted texts, logging the number of calls received from a number, and silent ringers for unknown callers. 

Some mobile apps give you choices about how to respond to an incoming call. For example, you can send a prewritten text message to the caller or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. And some apps let you block calls based on the geographic location or area code of the incoming call. 

Many call-blocking apps are free or only cost a few dollars. However, some apps may upload your contact information, along with information about what numbers you call or call you. The app’s privacy policy should explain how it gets and uses your information.

Features Built Into Your Mobile Phone

Many mobile phones come equipped with features built into the device that can block calls from specific numbers. These features can let consumers block specific contacts, identify unwanted incoming calls for future blocking, and set “do not disturb” hours. You must manage these lists on your own, and the device may limit the number of calls you can block.  Since these features are built into the phone’s operating system or come pre-installed, you may not need to download an app unless you want some more sophisticated features, like tapping into a database of blacklisted numbers.


Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday April 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; NYC Councilman Gjonaj will be present.


Cloud-Based Services

Cloud-based services can block unwanted calls for mobile phone lines or phone lines that operate over the internet, like phone service provided by a cable company. Your carrier may give you information about a cloud-based service operated by another company. The service might be a mobile app or a service that requires you to register your phone line. Cloud-based services reside on large, shared computer systems that can collect data from lots of users and use it to build crowd-sourced blacklists.

These services rely on accessing your call data to add to their databases. Some cloud-based services and mobile apps require all calls to be routed through their service, where they are instantly analyzed.  You may have choices about how unwanted calls are handled – for example, they might ring silently, go straight to a separate voicemail, or go to a spam folder. Some cloud-based services are free and some charge a monthly fee.

Call-Blocking Devices

Devices that block unwanted calls can be installed directly on a home phone. Some devices use blacklist databases of known spam numbers and allow you to add additional numbers to be blocked. Other blocking devices rely on you to manually create and update your own blacklist. Some devices divert the call after one ring, and some show a blinking light when an unwanted call comes in. Other devices connect the unwanted caller to a recording with options that allow legitimate callers who were mistakenly blacklisted to ring through.

Some devices rely on a whitelist that limits incoming calls to approved numbers.  Some also allow you to set up “do not disturb” hours. You’ll have to pay to buy a call-blocking device, and not all devices work on all types of home phones and carriers. 

Carrier Services

You may consider using services provided by your phone service carrier. Carriers typically have solutions for all phones – landline, cable, internet and mobile devices. Many carriers allow you to block between 10-30 numbers, but you are responsible for identifying the numbers to block. Robocallers frequently shift the numbers they use, so the robocaller may still be able to get through by changing the number they use.

Many carriers also allow you to block calls from anonymous callers – those who prevent their phone number from appearing on a CallerID device, or whose number shows up as “ANONYMOUS” or “PRIVATE.” But robocallers often show fake numbers on your CallerID. Some carriers also offer services that allow you to block calls or divert them to voicemail for periods of time. This lets you set up quiet or “do not disturb” hours.

Some carriers provide these services for free; others charge a fee. You can check your carrier’s website or call customer service for more information.

From Da Prez…

By Vincent Prezioso

Joe Chabriel

Our community and this world have lost a great man.  Joe Chabriel was a gentleman and quiet man, but his actions spoke volumes.  He was a dedicated family man, along with being involved in his community. As a member of the Northeast Bronx Association, he was always there when I needed him.  Joe was decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, and he became involved in many veterans causes as well as assisting his fellow veterans personally over the years.  We are personally saddened by his passing, and pray that God will allow Joe to rest in His peace.


Santos Carlo

We are sad to report the passing of Santos Carlo.  Mr. Carlo was a devoted family man and a faithful Catholic.  Most people remember him as the proprietor of Carlo Hardware on Williamsbridge Road near Mace Ave.  He always had a smile and good advice for his customers, and when he retired he was certainly missed.  Rest in peace Mr. Carlo.


Home Depot

It was brought to our attention that the Waring Avenue side of Home Depot was strewn with debris.  Of course this is not the first time that Home Depot has neglected to clean up its property; and it is a disgrace especially since it is directly across the street from the homeowners of Waring Ave.  And of course this is not the first time that the Northeast Bronx Association sprung into action to correct the situation.  I contacted the Department of Sanitation and they observed the conditions and dispatched a crew to clean it up promptly.  Thank you DOS!

NYC Veterans Alliance

The mission of the NYC Veterans Alliance is to achieve a sustainable state of wellness, community, and access to services for all veterans in the New York City Metro area, regardless of service era or discharge status, by engaging in advocacy and facilitating implementation of education and empowerment initiatives among members and member organizations.

Here are some of the upcoming events listed on their website.

Free Financial Coaching:  The Bronx Vet Center offers free Financial Coaching on April 30, 2-5pm. Learn how a coach can help with your annual financial check-up and make sure your financial house is in order.  Identify your financial goals – Make sure you are on track – Create a plan if you don’t have one – Track your progress to achieve your goals.  April 30, 2018 at 2pm - 5pm at the Bronx Vet Center 2471 Morris Ave, Suite 1A
Bronx, NY 10468 CONTACT Rhonda Sherwin rsherwin@afsc.com 718-613-3736.

Bronx Veterans' Service Committee Meeting

The Bronx Community Board holds a Veterans' Service Committee Meeting on May 4, 7:30-8:30pm. Get information and learn about the services available to veterans in the Bronx. Participate in a Q&A, discussion, and hear solutions and support. Everyone can speak and interact with each other in a relaxed atmosphere.  May 04, 2018 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm Samuel Young American Legion Post 6201530 Hutchinson River Pkwy
Bronx, NY 10461.

For more information about the NYC Veterans Alliance visit http://www.nycveteransalliance.org.  You can also make a donation to support their programs for veterans.

Family Day Olympiad

Bronx Fathers Taking Action, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and New York City Parks present Bronx Family Day Olympiad on Saturday May 12, 2018 at Williamsbridge Oval Park 3225 Reservoir Oval E Bronx, NY from 10am - 3pm.  One adult and one child playing together for points and a chance to be this year’s Champion in this Olympic Style Event.  Recommended Ages 6 to 16.  Families Must RSVP to Attend.  For Additional Information Please Call: 718-590-6431 or Email: agaud@bronxbp.nyc.gov.

FREE Rainbarrell

Senator Jeff Klein and Councilman Mark Gjonaj in collaboration with the NYC DEP are once again are sponsoring a free rainbarrell event.  Only while supplies last, so reserve your free rainbarrell by calling 718-931-1721.  The event and giveaway will be held on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 12 – 2PM at Loreto Park, Morris Park Ave between Haight and Tomlinson Ave; AND again on Saturday June 2, 2018 at I.S. 192 Piagentini Jones School 650 Hollywood Ave.

Safe Disposal Event

The NYC Department of Sanitation is holding a SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal event. Saturday, May 5, 10am – 4pm (rain or shine) at Orchard Beach Parking Lot (Cars follow Park Drive to the end).

Accepted Items:  Automotive products (motor oil, transmission fluid, auto batteries); Personal care items (unwanted medicines, cosmetics);         Thermometers; Syringes (clearly labeled and packaged in a “sharps” container or other leak proof, puncture-resistant container); Household products (pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, CFL compact fluorescent light bulbs); Electronics (TVs, computers, printers, mobile phones, tablets, VCR & DVD etc.)

How To Package Items: Look for items with DANGER, POISON, or CAUTION labels. Read labels carefully for safe handling. Ensure that all the products are labeled clearly. Tightly seal containers. Don’t mix products or bring open containers. If an item is leaking, pack in a larger container and use an absorbent material, such as kitty litter or newspaper, to soak up excess fluid. Place containers upright in a sturdy box to transport them.  More information, including additional dates and locations: http://on.nyc.gov/safeevents.