This happened to a neighbor. Phone rang, and he heard a voice say, "Hi, Uncle Jim." While you're caught off guard, he says, "It's Joey." (Bingo. You have a nephew named Joey.) Next, he says that he and a group of his buddies are up in Canada, and their rental car broke down on the way to a friend's funeral. Supposedly, cops discovered illegal drugs in this rental car, and all were arrested. Joey says he's now in jail and needs your help, but "don't tell Dad...you know that we can't upset him." (Sounds about right, doesn't it?) He then hands the phone to a really nice-sounding detective who gives you his name and badge number. (This helps to make it sound legit.) He says that Joey is such a great guy, the judge will let him off easily without a doubt..... But first, as a formality, they need bail money which will be completely refunded. Western Union is the method from which they want this payment, and since Western Union representatives are trained to ask "why" (to detect and thwart a scam), the criminal will tell you exactly what to say verbatim in order to avoid such suspicion. These are consummate liars and thieves. The number they call from is not traceable, as they are always on the run. Do not fall for anything like this, please.
Love is blind (and deaf). My neighbor said that he did not remember how his nephew's voice sounds, so this simply did not trigger any doubt at the time. Yes, this scam is targeted toward the elderly, so please remember, your nephew is not 12. He is a big boy, and you're not doing him any service by protecting him from getting into trouble with his daddy. Before doing anything foolish, call your family members to be sure- even if you haven't talked to them in years. Otherwise, the only person who will run into trouble is you. View Comment
Good suggestion. In my opinion, the persons responsible for doling out the money should include Good Counsel. That would be nice as well. However, GCA does get money from the Archdiocese (who knows, maybe not much), yet they do take in a lot from the tuition they extort from the parents of its enrollees. It's an opportunity for the upper class or middle if they have one kid and can handle the bill. Maybe GCA families didn't vote much because they're too busy helping their kids with the volumes of homework they get every night! View Comment
Are you kidding?? Clearly, Church Street has thousands more votes than the first and second runners up. They don't need your vote!!! Why not direct your families to vote for Ridgeway or Post Road if you're no longer interested in supporting your own school?! Of course, at this point it doesn't matter, but your logic just doesn't make sense. View Comment
We're with another school in the District, and I'm one of the (apparently not as many) who votes every day for ours. But face it, you've got to admire Church Street Families for their determination, stamina, and faithfulness to this task.
PS: Wait a minute. You guys get tater tots???! View Comment
It's kindof insult to injury here. My apologies to the provider, but my (elementary-school-aged) children say that the food in the cafeteria is just plain awful! When it comes down to students not eating enough, we might not have only "pickiness" to blame.
The cost has now increased 25 cents per lunch in the White Plains School District. For families with more than one child enrolled in the system, lunch is quite an expense. With only a 5 cent discount ea. for 20 and a dime's discount ea. for 40 meals, there is not much >incentive< at all for parents to pay a lump sum. Why not make it worth everyone's effort and discount the 25 cents (at least) for a reasonable minimum set by the District. This may even create more organization, reducing the amount of children coming to school with loose dollars and coins on a daily basis. It would certainly mean less hassle for the bookkeepers as well. View Comment