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This Newsletter is Dedicated in Memory of Joan Hartney Auxiliary President’s Message by Mark Frederich In March we lost a dear friend, Joan Hartney, Auxiliary Board Member and chair of both the Patient Representative and Silver Spoons Patient Feeding Service. As indicated in the write-up, Joan was a rare and wonderful person who was totally dedicated to Phelps and its patients. She is sorely missed. Thanks to all who attended the April 8 Annual Meeting at The James House Mansion. Our special thanks to outgoing First Vice President Lois Jungman for her hard work over the past two years. And welcome to her successor, Rose Marie Parisi, who will be in charge of the Bake Sales. At the meeting, we were very proud to present Keith Safian with our annual $125,000 contribution, proceeds from the Auxiliary’s 2012 fund-raising projects: the Gift Shop, Cherry Door Thrift Shop and James House Mansion. Our guest speaker, Bob Lane, Vice President for Development, described the hospital’s 2013 fund-raising goals, including major donors, events, grants and direct mail. Mr. Safian discussed the new Surgicenter to be located in the 755 Building. A bridge will connect the old operating room and the new Surgicenter, thus eliminating the need to duplicate equipment. A feasibility study will be conducted for a major multi-million fund-raising project for the Hospital’s continued expansion. Our next Bake Sale is scheduled for Thursday, June 27, in our usual place outside the Cafeteria. Finally, a reminder that we have about 30 more piano keys to sell to complete our fund-raising for the James House Mansion Steinway Piano Restoration Fund. A flyer is enclosed – remember, this would make a unique Father’s Day gift! We wish everyone a safe, healthy and fun summer.

Good Bye, Joan, we will miss you. (Article from Phelps Notebook 3/28/13)

On Wednesday morning, March 27, a beautiful and moving service was held in the Auditorium for volunteer Joan Hartney who died at the hospital on March 20 following a tragic accident. President and CEO Keith Safian welcomed staff, family and volunteers in celebrating the life of a special woman who touched so many lives in the 11 years she served as a volunteer Patient Representative and Silver Spoons patient feeder. In her eulogy, Pam Cardozo, Director of Volunteer Services, remarked that Joan Hartney was a person of conviction for whom volunteering was all about service. In 2006, Joan was honored with the Phelps Star Award which recognizes staff and volunteers who embody the mission and values of the hospital. Also participating in the memorial service were The Rev. Carole Johannsen, Phyllis Vonderheide and The Rev. Ronald Lemmert. A number of fellow volunteers and nursing staff expressed their love and respect for Joan, and their gratitude for having known her. Musical selections for harp and violin were played by Shelley Robison and Barbara Doss, community residents. On behalf of the Hartney family, Joan's son Michael thanked everyone for their wonderful outpouring of love and support and expressed special appreciation to the Emergency Department personnel who worked tirelessly to save his mother's life. Also attending were Joan's son Tom Hartney, along with Jack Hartney, her brother, and his wife.

Memorial contributions in honor of Joan Hartney may be made payable to Phelps Memorial Hospital Center and sent to Phelps Hospital Development Office, 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. All gifts will be applied to the Joan Hartney Memorial Fund.

A Little Local History by Dennis Corcoran

The New York State Parkway System and Westchester County

Note that some photos and underlined words in this paper are links to more info in the electronic version of this issue.

This column, as well as several others to be presented in the future, will be devoted to nine parkways that are part of the New York State Parkway System. Eight of them are in Westchester County. The ninth is a major parkway that is significant to our discussion. To start I will provide a brief history of the state parkway system. The state’s parkway system began as a series of then high-speed (25 miles per hour) four lane roads that were created to provide a scenic way into, out of, and around New York City. Most were built by regional agencies and today are maintained by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). They lacked shoulders, were more scenic than efficient, often followed a river and used low, decorative stone-arch overpasses, resulting in commercial vehicles, buses and tractor-trailers being prohibited from using the parkways. The first parkway built in Westchester County was the Bronx River Parkway (BRP). Construction began in 1907 but it didn’t open until much later. It is named for the river which it parallels. The Westchester County Parkway Commission retained landscape architect Gilmore Clarke. He designed it as a joint project with New York City. The parkway followed the Bronx River from the Soundview section in the Bronx (today this would be near the Bruckner Expressway) to the public grounds at the Kensico Circle next to the dam in Valhalla. The Bronx River Parkway opened to automobiles in 1924. It ran for a distance of 19.12 miles. The BRP was the first roadway in NY State to have a median strip to separate the opposing lanes. Robert Moses, an aide to Governor Alfred Smith in the 1920s, was the author of the State Park Plan. His goal was to build parkways for city dwellers as a way to travel to various parks in the suburbs where they could relax and escape the crowded streets and summer heat. The Bronx River Park, alongside the parkway in Bronxville and Tuckahoe, was one of the first linear parks in the country. Moses went on to become one of the most prolific planners and builders in the country. As a child growing up in the Bronx, one of the nice memories I have of this parkway is driving with my family and going over a small hill somewhere before the Kensico Dam and then feeling the little bounce as I rose in my seat. I also recall many years ago taking part, with my wife and daughter, in “Bicycle Sunday” which was held during the spring and fall. We rode our bicycles from the County Center in White Plains to Garth Road in Scarsdale and then turned around and went back to the parking lot next to the County Center. Today about 3,000 people take part each Sunday during the season. The parkway has been improved and renovated over the years in order to accommodate much more traffic, bigger and faster automobiles and higher speed limits. Progress has also resulted in the elimination of gas stations and rest stops that were a part of the original parkway. A recent fatal accident and an aging structure are among the major problems that the NYSDOT have addressed. Five people were killed in an accident in 2006, and a year ago seven people died in another in 2012. Both occurred in the Bronx section of the parkway. The seven deaths in the latter accident, included three generations of the same family. The woman driver lost control of her SUV while going south, hit the divider at a high rate of speed, spun out of control and plunged 60 feet over the side of the parkway onto a section of the Bronx Zoo below. The dead included the grandparents, two adult daughters and three Robert Moses grandchildren. Soon after the accident, authorities began putting in concrete dividers and barriers on the side in this section of the parkway. Repairs to the 90-year-old parkway are also in store and are scheduled to begin shortly. Part of the parkway near the Crane Road exit in Scarsdale will be closed for two years while the NYSDOT replaces the aging bridge there. Despite these problems, the Bronx River Parkway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The Westchester section of the parkway handles over 60,000 vehicles per day. Over 100,000 vehicles per day are handled in the South Bronx of the Bronx River Parkway, which is the section near the Cross Bronx Expressway.

Choose your format Now the News and Notes is published in TWO versions available to all Auxilians—one in print and the other online. The electronic version will be in color and may contain more pictures than the print version. All who sign up for our paperless publication will get all the extras, so sign up now. Contact us at [email protected]

G I FT S H O P L OBBY S ALES Schedule courtesy of Myrna Donovan

Friday, June 7 ................................ Angielyn’s Scrubs Friday, June 14 ..................................... Silver Dreams Tuesday, June 18 .................................. Books are Fun Wednesday, June 19 ............................. Books are Fun Thursday, June 20 ................................As Seen on TV Friday, June 21 ............................... Cape Cod Leather Tuesday, June 25 .................................. Jags Creations Friday, August 2 ......................................Classy Karat

Welcome to our Newest Auxilians Submitted by Nancy Eichorn

Another Successful Bake sale held on March 13th.

Dr. Sanda Carniciu, Inese Cederbaums, Roy Constantino Dr. Christy Joyce, Ted Kozelka, Peter Larkin Christine Loistl-Pointer, Heide Loistl Dr. Richard Peress, Diane G. Potter Richard Sinni, Rebecca Srole, Louis Wachtel

Welcome to our Newest Volunteers by Maria Somma

Kenneth Hasko Peter Larkin Shelley Robinson Ariana Bruncaj Margaret Murphy Mary Galgano Yoshiko Takahashi Zachary Thorogood

Lined up for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Sleep Hollow

Senior Steps Senior Steps is a new Vitality program of health screenings, BIG exercise programs and enjoyChanges in able activities for seniors. The SMALL Senior Steps Program gives senSteps iors access to quarterly blood pressure, glucose and pulse oximetry screenings; nutrition education programs; medication reconciliation sessions; games and activities; balance, cognition, low vision, voice, swallowing and hearing screenings; games, puzzles and crafts; and indoor/outdoor exercise programs. Make

Senior Steps Meets on First and Third Tuesday of the Month, 10-11:30 AM except where noted differently Appointments are required for all screenings Call 914-366-3937 for dates and locations

Croton-on Hudson Transport Thornwood Information Desk Sleepy Hollow Cherry Door Briarcliff Manor Transport Tarrytown Info Desk/Cherry Door Sleepy Hollow Transport Tarrytown Transport Briarcliff Manor Transport

We are looking for YOU.. The Newsletter Committee is always looking for people to help out by writing articles and bringing in fresh ideas. If you’d like to become a member or submit items for publication please contact me, Jim Reidy, at [email protected]

*** Dates To Remember *** June 2 ...................... Piano Concert feat. Alice Burla June 27 ..................................... Auxiliary Bake Sale

Upcoming Auxiliary Board Meetings June 19th - Meeting will be held in the Board Room and will start at 9:00 AM unless otherwise posted. No meetings are held in July or August News and Notes May-Jun 2013 Vol. XV No. 3 Editorial Staff, Contributors and Proofreaders Jim Goldsmith Nancy Eichorn Jim Reidy Pam Cardozo Dennis Corcoran Maria Somma Fran Kelly Mark Frederich Myrna Donovan News and Notes is published by the Phelps Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Contributions, comments and suggestions are welcome. Please call the Auxiliary Office at (914) 366-3170.




Pam’s Corner by Pam Cardozo

Welcome to New Volunteer Services Staff Members We are very pleased to welcome Maria Somma, Administrative Assistant, and Sandy Cafarchio, Office Assistant, to the Volunteer Services team. Maria, who brings strong administrative skills to the position, has had significant experience working with volunteers. Likewise, Sandy (also a Gift Shop volunteer) worked in the health care field for many years. When you visit the office, please be sure to introduce yourself to these two great additions to our staff. Cherry Door Updates Next time you visit the Cherry Door Thrift Shop, you will notice the sign that runs along the bottom of the front windows as well as the one over the desk informing visitors and shoppers that the Cherry Door is a project of the Auxiliary and the proceeds go to the Hospital. The Cherry Door now accepts Visa and MasterCard for any purchase over $30, an already popular update. We have also welcomed several new volunteers to the Cherry Door cadre. Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon A Huge Success What a delight it was to see so many volunteers at our recent Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Tappan Hill Mansion. One of the highlights of the occasion was a talk by Jesse Misarti (in photo to the left), an Information Desk volunteer and weekend Transport employee, who spoke from the heart about how his Phelps experience since March 2011 has helped to shape his commitment to pursue a career in medicine. Jesse is the quintessential volunteer who lives the mission that volunteering is all about giving to others. Congratulations to Jesse who recently graduated cum laude from SUNY Purchase. We very much enjoyed the informative and interesting talk given by our guest speaker, Terry Brown, on Origins of Visual Icons. Mr. Brown was director of the Society of Illustrators in New York for 24 years and has appeared on several TV documentaries related to American Illustration. His presentation covered the origins of familiar illustrations including Currier & Ives, Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, the famous Teddy Bear, the Peace symbol, the Nike logo, and many more. The reviews of his talk were all fabulous! Farewell to Our High School Seniors – Welcome to Our New Student Volunteers This is the time of year when we extend congratulations to our high school seniors who are graduating and moving on to the next phase of their education. They have been such a great part of our student volunteer team, and we wish them all the best as they leave us for new challenges. While we will miss having them around the hospital, we soon will welcome a new class of high school and college students. They will be coming on board for training in late June/early July, giving our Senior Transport volunteers a much-deserved rest during the summer.



$100 PER KEY


A Great Birthday, Anniversary, Father’s Day Gift or Memorial for a Loved One

I/We would like to contribute to the James House Mansion Piano Restoration Fund: ____ ____

$100 One Piano Key

$_________ for _____ keys ($100/key)

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________

Phone No.: _________________________ E-mail: ________________________________________ Please complete below if applicable

In Honor of: __________________________________________________________________________ Sponsoring Dept. __________________________________________________________________________________

Please make check payable to PMHC Auxiliary. Send to: Volunteer Services, Phelps Hospital, 701 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 A Project of the Phelps Hospital Auxiliary



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