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NorthEast Bronx Association Corporation

 'neighbors watching out for neighbors'

 June 2018

Next Meeting: Monday June 25, 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 Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez and NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj will be present.

Pelham Pkwy North Project Gears Up






Courtesy of the NYC Department of Design & Construction

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) is managing Phase II of the Reconstruction of Pelham Parkway's north Service Road and westbound Main Road. The project includes replacement of the subsurface utilities, upgrading of drainage structures, installation of new Sewer, Trunk and Distribution Water Mains, new street lights and traffic signals, specialized pavement markings, a new dedicated bus lane, planting of nearly 300 new trees and installation of new guard rails. This project has an anticipated completion date of summer, 2021.

Work Completed: 1st Quarter, 2018

  Tree pruning and tree removals on westbound Main Road and north Service Road.

  Test pit excavations to determine location of utilities and Water Mains.

  Saw cutting on westbound Main Road for Water Main trench.

  Installation of temporary street lighting.

Anticipated Work Schedule: 2nd Quarter, 2018

  Begin 20" Distribution Water Main installation on the Main Road.

  Additional test pit excavations        .

  Installation of highway drainage structures along the Main Road.

  Catch Basin installation along the Main Road

Work Hours: Typical hours are Mon- Fri: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

However, the allowable work hours are Mon-Fri: 7:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.,

Sat: 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. (if needed)

Community Impacts:

-Special Needs - Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the project's Community Construction Liaison, as soon as possible, to make them aware of your situation. DOC will work with you to attempt to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible.

Water Service Interruptions - During the project there will be water service interruptions to allow water main replacement and for construction to proceed.

Notice will be given for all planned interruptions. Water service will be restored at the end of the day. Emergency water shut offs may also occur; in these instances, advance notification should not be expected. Door-to-door notification will be done as quickly as · possible. Contractor will remain on site until water service is restored. If water is not restored within 3 hours from shut off end time indicated in notice, please call 311.


Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday June 25, 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 Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez; NYC Councilman Gjonaj will be present.


Parking/Traffic Impacts: To perform certain work operations and allow construction to continue, temporary traffic detours as well as parking restrictions will be necessary. Advance notification will be given by the contractor regarding restrictions/detours. "No Parking" signs will be posted and distributed in the affected area. Please follow all parking regulations to avoid towing of your vehicle. Make note of the signs posted by the contractor during construction hours; otherwise please follow all NYCDOT rules and regulations during non-construction hours.

Rodent Baiting: Is done by the contractor throughout the project area on a regular basis to help control any rodent population.

Community Construction Liaison (CCL):

The DDC has assigned Thomas Alexander of GAGO Engineering, as the project Community Construction Liaison (CCL).  Contact Thomas for any project related inquiries/concerns you may have, or to be added to the Neighborhood Notification Network (NNN) list to receive project updates:  Phone: 347-810-1386; Fax: 347-810-1387; Email: pelhampkwyccl@gmail.com

From Da Prez…

By Vincent Prezioso

I am pleased and proud to announce the appointment of the new Executive Board for the Northeast Bronx Association.

President:  Frano Zagreda

Vice President: Joseph Bacote

Secretary – Treasurer:  Mark Saplicki

Member-at-large: Sean Cahill


It is high time that this organization is passed on to the next generation of leadership and I have every confidence in the abilities of each and every one of these men.  I will remain in the capacity of Executive Director, to assist and advise the Executive Board during this period of transition.  I gave birth to this baby and until the good Lord takes me, I will always be a part of it and of this wonderful community.

49thPCT Build the Block

The NYPD officers serving your community invite you to a discussion of the public safety problems in our neighborhood.

With neighborhood policing, the NCOs, and the sector officer who work with them, have been given more time and opportunity to collaborate with residents in identifying and solving local problems and crime.  The same officers are assigned to our community each day, so these officers learn the neighborhood, its challenges and potential, and the people who call it home.         ·           '


This is a new way of doing business for the NYPD, and we need your help to make it work. We want to hear from a broad range of voices about what it will take to make all the residents of our neighborhood feel safe and secure. Please join us for what we hope will be a lively and productive discussion.

The meeting will be held at The Sanz Catering Hall 815 Allerton Ave.  Doors open at 6pm and the meeting will start at 6:30pm.  The goal of the meeting will be to identify policing and public safety needs in our community.  This meeting is sponsored by your NCO Officers:  Gregory Hernandez and Jonya McDowell.

How To Fail-A Lesson For All!

By James Jackowski Sr.

     What strange tales I would tell if I were the guest speaker at a graduation, especially a high-school graduation.  To get at those minds still fresh from the accomplishment of 12 years education – what an opportunity.

     I would tell them something they never thought they would hear: I would tell how to fail.

     You know, anyone can tell you how to succeed.  There are thousands of books on the subject.  The blueprints and formulas are all there for anyone to follow.  What is not found very often are directions on how to fail.  I would tell the graduates that success is never guaranteed, no matter how closely you follow the diagrams.  Failure, however, is pretty much a certainty, and not just once, but probably several times in your life.

     You will fail if you are inconsiderate of others.  So many people think the world was created just for them, and they disregard the feelings of others.  We must share the space on this planet with each other.

     You will fail if you think anybody owes you anything because of your education.  The only ones who are owed anything are those whose victories and defeats paved the way for all the opportunities available to you.  Among those might be your great-grandparents who now live in a nursing home.

     You will fail if you start your business life looking for a job that suits you.  You must suit the job.  Applying for any kind of work in a T-shirt and jeans will further enhance your chance for failure.

     You will fail if you climb a corporate ladder by stepping on people.  As the saying goes, “You will meet the same people on the way down”.

     You will fail if you are intolerant of individuals with strange-sounding names and different color skin.  Remember, you are just as different to them.

     You will fail if you do not try to right a wrong whenever possible.  You will fail if you see abuse and do not speak out against it.  You will fail if you see corruption and do not fight it.  You will fail if you suffer bad politicians and do not bother to vote.

     You will experience the biggest failure of all if you believe the romantic notion that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”.  For in truth, anyone who has lived long enough to retire will tell you that love means just the opposite.  It means being able to say, “I’m sorry”.

     Congratulations to all graduates everywhere.

James Jackowski Sr. was a local columnist who passed away in 2002.  We are thankful for the legacy of caring and compassion that he left us.

The Death of Common Sense

By Lori Borgman

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense. His obituary reads as follows: Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape. Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering.

Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S. A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet.

C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).

Are we still grateful for our Independence?

By Mark Saplicki

The founding fathers and framers of the constitution who initiated the separation of church and state were humble and grateful to God the great ruler of nations.  So what has happened since then?  In my humble opinion it is because we have steadily turned away from that foundation, but more importantly we have lost a national respect for God in our society and have become ungrateful for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.  George Washington’s issued the following proclamation in 1795.  See if you do not see the irony when comparing those times to ours.


     When we review the calamities which afflict so many other nations, the present condition of the United States affords much matter of consolation and satisfaction.  Our exemption hitherto from foreign war – an increasing prospect of the continuance of that exemption – the great degree of internal tranquility we have enjoyed – the recent confirmation of that tranquility, by the suppression of an insurrection which so wantonly threatened it – the happy course of our public affairs in general – the unexampled prosperity of all classes of our citizens, are circumstances which peculiarly mark our situation with indications of the divine beneficence towards us.  In such a state of things it is, in an especial manner, our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to ALMIGHTY GOD, and to implore him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience.

     Deeply Penetrated with this sentiment, I George Washington, President of the United States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all persons whomsoever within the United States, to set apart and observe a day of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER; and on that day to meet together and render their sincere and hearty thanks to the Great Ruler of Nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation; particularly for the possession of constitutions of government, which unite, by their union establish liberty with order – for the preservation of our peace foreign and domestic – for the seasonable control which has been given to a spirit of disorder, in the suppression of the late insurrection – and generally, for the prosperous course of our affairs, public and private; and at the same time, humbly and fervently to beseech the kind Author of these blessings graciously to prolong them to us – to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to Him for them – to teach us rightly to estimate their immense value – to preserve us from the arrogance of prosperity, and from hazarding the advantages we enjoy by delusive pursuits – to dispose us to merit the continuance of His favors, by not abusing them, by our gratitude for them, and by a corresponding conduct as citizens and as men – to extend among us a true and useful knowledge – to diffuse and establish habits of sobriety, order, morality, and piety; and finally, to impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.   

George Washington


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