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WebNews #29; Memorial Day, Monday; May 28, 2007


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From: Lou Reyes, To: David T. Feliciano, Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007, Subject: Hello.... I'm Baaaack

Hi Dave, It's me again - Lou Reyes. I was wondering what happened to you. Thought maybe I was getting too personal. Once again I looked in my 1953 annual yearbook (Half Moon). I don't see you there. I did see R. Feliciano two classes behind me. Anyway thanks for sending the DVD on last year's reunion. Now there you are with your brothers. You sure did an excellent job in putting that together and with the music. I throughly enjoyed it and will do so every time I look at it. It was good of you to put in prior years also. Just looking at you fellows (houses kids) at those reunions make me feel awful that I am not there. I know that I am surely missing something. Hope I can make it this year.

I spoke to Cornelius O' Neil today. He said thanks for sending him a DVD also. At age 72 he volunteers a couple of days each week in downtown L.A. for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He has been doing this for a number of years. He works in their gift shop. He has asked me to say hello to you.

Also at 72, I can be thankful to the Lord for making me healthy. I have a routine of exercising each morning for about an hour. Those caddying days (at Rockland Country Club) sure put strength in my legs. After which (on a part-time basis) I will do some auditing of payroll records for insurance companies. These routines keep me busy both physically and mentally.

So what have you and your brothers been doing? I'm sure that you folks have similar routines.

Let's keep in touch. Another year will be okay. Thanks again for the DVD.

Lou Reyes

From: Joseph R. Stanaitis, Sent: Monday, May 28, 2007, Subject: Palisades

some of you might want to know something about the history of and the mission of the Police Anchor Club..the following item should help !!!

OLD TIMERS NIGHT
Presidents address
April 17, 2006

Welcome Commissioners, Chiefs, friends, family and honored guests to our annual Old Timers night. Although our venue has changed the staple remains the same: to thank, honor and remember our cherished old timers. Tonight is a time to reflect and remember the contributions and sacrifices of those who have gone before us. The Anchor Club was founded on the 22nd of April 1922 by a small band of brothers who united by faith and fraternity formed the 1st Anchor Club in America, Branch #1. Although started in 1922 it wasn’t until John Boyle was president in 1936 that our club found its true calling. It is said that great leaders have great vision that they convey with purpose and clarity. John J. Boyle delivered that vision – and proposed the club should do works of charity for the orphans of the City of New York. On the 3rd of August 1937, at the height of the great depression, the Anchor Club held its first “Orphans Day”. I’d like to read to you a letter that describes the events of that day.

(Read Letter, Spring 3100 - Sept. 1937)

“The first Children’s Day Catholic, Protestant and Jewish Orphanages participating, subscription .75 cents for members, Orphans free. Tuesday August 3rd, 1937 starting at 1:30 PM - Field Day, Athletic Events, Swimming, Diving and Band Contest, all recreation facilities. Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra, Manhattan Beach Baths, Brooklyn, NY.

The Police Anchor Club held its first Orphan’s Day Outing, eight hundred and sixty-one Orphan’s were taken by buses from the Orphanages of the Catholic Protectory and Holy Angels school of the Bronx, The Hebrew Orphan Asylum, 1560 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC and the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin and St. Michaels Home of Staten Island. Upon arrival at their destination the children donned bathing suits and went swimming. Those who could not swim were given lessons in the art under the directions of Clare Bee, Physical Director. Lunch was served in the cafeteria, following which came the water circus. Later to the band stand where Shep Fields and his entertainers put on a two hour show at which Middleweight Champion Mickey Walker appears and in the cause became arm weary autographing baseballs for the children.

President John J. Boyle, Chairman, attributed the success of the outing to the untiring efforts of the members. It would be difficult to say what the children enjoyed most. The majority of them seem to think learning to swim was the greatest fun. All of them agreed that nothing had been left undone to make the day a pleasant and never-to-be forgotten one.”

Sometimes in life the past and the present cross paths and allow us to look back and see the outcome of our actions. I’d like to reflect on two such events and the lessons you taught.

Lesson 1 – Christian charity

A few years ago, the anchor club held it’s annual Christmas party at the Immaculate Conception center in Douglaston, due to a snow storm our spiritual director was unable to attend and could not make the invocation, We quickly asked for a retired priest to come down from his residence and say a few words. Msgr. Keane walked up to the mike and informed us he was a former recipient of our charity. His father, a NYC Policemen died at an early age leaving a family behind and 5 small children, for his mother to feed and rise alone. He retold with emotion the time two members of the Anchor Club appeared at his door to purchase his first suit, the won he wore to his confirmation. That suit is long gone, but the lesson you taught that old priest was the best sermon he ever heard on Christian charity, and you never spoke a word…your actions spoke volumes.

Lesson # 2 – Christian love

Barney Ferguson a loyal and active member of this club, never missed the opportunity to tell others about this club and our mission to protect, defend and serve the widow and children of deceased officers both LOD and natural causes. Barney was instrumental in keeping our club afloat during the lean years, and for that we’ll always be grateful. While on one of his many missions to put the arm on someone, he found himself at a country club in Westchester County standing in front of the starter. He began by telling him who is was and where he was from. The words “Police Anchor Club” hadn’t left his mouth before the starter raised his hand, stopping him short of explaining the clubs mission. The starter, you see was an orphan who witnessed first hand the lesson you taught him on - Christian love.

We never did get that golf outing off the ground, but Barney’s wife tells me he’s a scratch golfer and Phil Michelson was last seen carrying his clubs.

Brothers and Friends,

You have stood in the defense of God, for his widow and his orphans. You have shared your faith with benevolence and charity. You have brought principle, honor and love to a world that teaches expediency and immorality. You have stood where others could not be found. Continue to labor in the love of God with the steadfast clarity of your convictions for…You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.

Thank you.


Kevin Lyons
President
Copyright: Anchor Club, Police Department City of New York
Chaplains Unit, 1 Police Plaza New York, New York, 10038

House Kids: 3 more names added to "House Kids List": (3 Brothers) Hector Cordero (1960-1966), James Cordero, Benjamin Cordero
2 New GuestBook Entries:

THIS LETTER I HOPE IT GETS TO MY UNCLE PAUL FABRIZI, YES HE WAS A HOUSE KID AND A T.Z GRAD. ALSO HIS BROTHER TONY WAS TOO... AS I GO THROUGH YOUR PHOTO'S AND ALBULM'S IT WELL MAKES ME PROUD TO KNOW THAT MY UNCLES HAVE GRADUATED AND OUR STILL A PART OF YOUR HOUSE ,,, IM AM VERY PROUD OF MY UNCLE PAUL FOR HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT MAN IN MY EYES ..IF YOU EVER SEE HIM PLEASE TELL HIM, THAT IM SORRY FOR FORGETING HIM AT THE AIRPORT AND THAT WE ALL HAVE MADE SOME STUPID MISTAKES IN OUT LIVES... I KNOW THAT A MAN LIKE HIM CAN UNDERSTAND MY STUPOR AND CAN FORGIVE ME FOR THAT COSTLY MISTAKE,,, YOUR NEF, ALAN THANKS.....
fabrizi allen
spring hill, fl. USA - Monday, May 21, 2007 at 06:11:35 (PDT)
St. Agnes was the best thing that as happen to me
Hector Cordero
Pasadena, TX USA - Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 12:08:32 (PDT)

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Biographies:
Gaspar Cipolla Ricardo C. Colon Harry Connors
Caesar Feliciano Carlos Feliciano David T. Feliciano Pastor (Pat) Feliciano Peter (Pedro) Feliciano
Stephen J. Fromholz, Sr. Louis A. Lopez George Charles Merna Gerald F. Merna Thomes G. Merna
Robert F. Pulliza Frank Jacob Rosenstine Joseph R. Stanaitis Joseph (Joe) Wiska

BioPhotos:
Raymond (Ramon) Adames John J. Antonacci Joseph Antonacci Dennis Bailey Lorenzo Calderon
Robert Coyle William Doherty Benjamin Feliciano Bob Keane James Lawson
James Merna Richard Merna Robert Merna John (Sammy) Tolins
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“Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” By Nancy Canfield: "Book Recounts Author's Life in Orphanage:"
By Pat Sherman UNION-TRIBUNE COMMUNITY NEWS WRITER, March 10, 2006. "Nancy Canfield knows how a single, immutable event can forever alter a child's life. In her recently published book, “Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” Canfield recounts the years she and four siblings spent at a Catholic orphanage in New York."  (More....)

'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The story of St. Agatha Home for Children:
"We're going to take you kids,"
he pointed to each of us sitting on the couch and said our names in a sing-song voice "Jackie... Tommy... Hellen... David and Nancy," pausing between each name as if to prove he knew them, "to see a school tomorrow, a boarding school, see how you like it." He said this in a voice that implied it was temporary, like we'd have a choice about attending. With those words the Canfield siblings began a journey that profoundly shaped their formative years. Home Kids is Nancy Canfield's courageous retelling of her family's dramatic story and the inspirational story of St. Agatha Home for Children.  (More....)

Letters: 'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children: Sent: 01/19/2006
Photos: St. Agatha Home Keepsake Photograph.


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