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From: John J. Antonacci
To: Bernard S.Neville
CC: David T. Feliciano; Joe Stanaitis; Peter Feliciano
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2004 6:54 PM
Subject: Bear Mountain

Bernie,
Thanks for the memories about Bear Mountain. I remember the mothball fleet in the Hudson River. I believe they stored grain on those ships. It was a beautiful sight. They probably all wound up on the scrap heap.

I remember the ski jump that was a big attraction. On one particular trip I wound up at a soft ball game. Every year the American and National league umpires would play a charity soft Ball game. Major league ball players would umpire the games. That was when each league had 8 teams. I got to meet Jackie Robinson his wife Rachael and his young son. I also met Leo Dorocher and his wife Lorraine Day, their two adopted children and Pee Wee Reese.

There were many other major league players present and they treated us with kindness and signed autographs for all us kids. I always remember that special day. I wonder if other kids remember it. The games were fun to watch and Mel Allen made us laugh.

I remember swimming at Bear Mountain, a rock quarry in Haverstraw, the Forty Foot hole and Tallman Park. I learned to swim in the pool on the babies field also on Helen Hayes estate in Nyack.

Couch tried his best to get us out to see different places. He was a big Philadelphia A's fan.

Thanks again I enjoy your stories.
God Bless,
John A.



From: John J. Antonacci
To: Gaspar53@aol.com ; David T. Feliciano
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: Sparkill

Gaspar
I remember Joe Rosen quite well he was a quiet person very sincere he was the God Father to all of us for 46 years he put out a newsletter keeping us informed about the lives of the House's kids when they married, when the had children, what careers we have chosen what branch of service we served in. But most of all his since of humor no matter how down you were when you got to his jokes they made you laugh. I spoke to him by phone and by mail he was a very gracious individual. I put him on my Christmas mailing list and sent him a card every Christmas I felt it was the least I could do after all he was sending letters to over 500 house's kids 4 times a year . One year I went up to see him in person at the candy store in Sparkill he was there with Tarry I brought up a few gifts for him he was so humble he had tears in his eyes and said I made him feel like it was parlor . Joe never had parlor and never received a parlor bag until that Sunday. My wife was with me she was speechless . Joe went to mass everyday and went to the convent every night say the rosary with the nuns .Tarry was his best friend and the God Father was the king in that little candy store everyone who entered greeted him with respect. I will never forget the day we shared parlor together and before I left I gave him a hug and thanked him for all his hard work in putting out the newletter keeping us all informed and together like one large family.
God Bless
John A.


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From: John J. Antonacci
To: Bernard Neville
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 10:29 PM
Subject: Fwd: Soldiers Prayer Wheel

Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine & others deployed in harm's way, Prayer is the very best one.

Prayer wheel for our Military

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.
I ask this in the name of Jesus,
our Lord and Savior. Amen."

Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words.

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(This is a Hoax. Read it as fiction only.)

Subject: Military Pay
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2005 3:01 PM
Subject: FW: Military Pay

(This is a Hoax. Read it as fiction only.)

This is an Airman's response to Cindy Williams' editorial piece in the Washington Times about MILITARY PAY, it should be printed in all newspapers across America.

On Nov. 12, Ms Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV show) wrote a piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise(s) coming service members' way this year -- citing that the stated 13% wage was more than they deserve.

A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below He ought to get a bonus for this.

"Ms Williams:

I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GIs earn enough" and I am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is going, because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS (The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account.

Checking my latest earnings statement I see that I make $1,117.80 before taxes. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through the calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before taxes, and $10,490.40, after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center where I am part of the team responsible for a 5,000 host computer network. I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs for Network Technicians in the Washington, D.C. area reveals a position in my career field, requiring three years experience with my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT pay $13,413.60 a year. No, this job is being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum...I'm sure you can draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you NEVER had the pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces Before you take it upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off of WIC and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN; I leave the choice of service branch up to you.

Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience." As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends meet while the primary breadwinner is gone -- obviously they've been squandering the "vast" piles of cash the government has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial favorites. And when you're actually over there, sitting in a foxhole, shivering against the cold desert night; and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE (meal-ready-to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or cheese tortellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor. Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly be long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the points you present in your opened piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to say it.

You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your collective nose at us, all on a salary that is nothing short of pitiful and under conditions that would make most people cringe. We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies.

And you, Ms. Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve? Rubbish!

A1C Michael Bragg Hill AFB AFNCC

IF YOU AGREE, PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AND SHOW OUR SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN.

THANK YOU.


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