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.
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
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
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
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.
Meeting: Monday April 30, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill
Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.
from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYC Councilman Gjonaj will
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
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.
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
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
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.
By Vincent Prezioso
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.
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.
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!
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
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 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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.