BY BEVERLY BORD
In May, 2018, the Board of Governors
of the Federal Reserve
System issued a report on
the economic well-being of U.S.
households in 2017. The report
states that while we might have
economically overcome many of
the effects of the Great Recession,
four of ten adults, if faced with
an unexpected expense of $400,
would either not be able to cover it
or would cover it by selling something
or borrowing money. Over
one-fifth of adults are not able to
pay all of their current month’s
bills in full. Over one-fourth of
adults skipped necessary medical
care in 2017 due to being unable
to afford the cost.
While we in North Shore
Towers have access to an
abundance of food, clothing,
etc., at the touch of an “A”
button on the elevator pad,
there are needy individuals
in the outreach community
who fall into the above categories
and must find ways
to continue sustaining themselves.
This is where North Shore Cares
for the Needy in conjunction with
Commonpoint Queens, the merger
of Central Queens Y and the Samuel
Fields Y, come into play.
During the holiday season, we
are lured by the enticing come-ons
of Black Friday and Cyber Monday
and weekly sales everywhere and at
any time, day or night. An available
resource to assist the needy is the
Commonpoint Queens’ food pantry
which offers food and essential
needs for daily living. The food
pantry is located in the Central
Queens Y in Forest Hills. The
Samuel Fields Y in Little Neck also
offers essential needs for daily living
for the holiday season and all-year
round. This barrier-free generosity
can continue only through yearround
support and donations by
North Shore Towers’ residents
and members of the Queens
community. Reach out to
those persons in need.
REMINDER: Located in
each building in the mailbox
room is a brown hamper-looking
bin for donations. A colorful
flyer on the bin advertises
what is being collected for that
month. The bins are NOT for garbage
disposal. The following are the
collections for January and February.
JANUARY: Diapers, baby wipes,
other baby supplies.
FEBRUARY: Dental products
(toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash.
Wishing a happy, healthy holiday
season and New Year to all North
Shore Towers residents and their
Gloria Beck was recently on
vacation to some exotic land,
but before she left she was kind
enough to submit this article that
she wrote a few years ago. Hurry
back, Gloria…we’re all waiting to
hear about your adventure when
I you return! ~ Editor recently read an article called
“Secrets for a Longer Life.” My
first question as I read the title
was, why was this being kept a secret?
Wouldn’t it be better to share?
Is this a conspiracy? Is this a right
wing plot? Today that’s the excuse
everyone uses. I think it’s best to
share the column’s suggestions for
a longer life with you:
1) BE CONSCIENTIOUS: If I
could remember to be conscientious
I would. It’s not that I have
too much on my plate, it just seems
that way. Actually, I feel the plates
these days are smaller and it takes
less to fill them up!
2) MAKE FRIENDS AND
CHOOSE THEM WISELY: You
will pick up the habits of your
friends, so if you like to shop or
eat out (or some of the other finer
things in life), find someone with
similar traits. That’s happiness!
3) TAKE NAPS: It seems naps
help prevent illnesses. Well in that
case, why do I still feel so rotten?
4) THE MEDITERRANEAN
DIET: I think it’s a great idea, but
who wants to keep shlepping back
and forth to the Mediterranean
for food? Actually, I like my own
ethnic food better. Pass me the
5) EAT LIKE AN OKINWAN:
That’s a good idea, but how many
people know where Okinawa is?
Probably only our generation. It
seems they only eat 80% of the food
on their plate. Does dessert count?
6) GET MARRIED: Married people
outlive their single counterparts
and have lower mortality rates if
divorced or widowed. Tell that to
divorce lawyers. They seem to be
the happiest of all. Are they not
sharing this information with their
clients? Nope, I take that back. I’ve
seen the biggest wattage smiles on
“Singles” faces! Maybe they’re all
7) DRINK IN MODERATION:
The last time I drank was at the
chuppah 51 years ago. What’s keeping
me going is that I’m waiting for
the next drink. L’chaim!
8) LOSE WEIGHT: I try
and try but I’m not all that
CONSCIENTIOUS about it. My
FRIENDS are great and supportive.
I’ve tried the MEDITERRANEAN
DIET and eat like an OKINAWAN
only when it’s something I don’t
like otherwise I eat 100% of everything
on my plate. The problem is
that I never met a food I didn’t like.
I am MARRIED and because we
are best friends, we are similar in
many ways. So, I guess that keeps
us chubby and happy.
I’m going to have to NAP on all
of this information and figure out
which ones work the best for me.
SECRETS FOR A LONGER LIFE…………
NORTH SHORE TOWERS CARES FOR THE NEEDY
22 NORTH SHORE TOWERS COURIER ¢ January 2020