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by Nathan Bruttell 12/19/13
ARMONK, N.Y. — Members of Armonk’s Heavenly Productions Foundation recently visited schools in Far Rockaway that were affected by Hurricane Sandy to deliver 900 backpacks, toys and school supplies.
Executive Board Members Lori Rocco, Kathy Reilly Fallon and John Wallace joined adult volunteers from Bedford and Pleasantville and youth volunteers from Armonk, Bedford and Pleasantville to visit Public Schools 106 and 197.
Heavenly Productions Foundation delivered 900 backpacks, teddy bears, books, CDs, school/classroom supplies and a basketball for each of the schools. John Wallace, executive board member of the foundation and a retired player for the New York Knicks, signed autographs and provided photo opportunities with students and the staff.
“It was a day filled with joy and love giving to these children in need that were affected by Hurricane Sandy,” foundation representatives said. “Our Foundation believes in the words spoken from the great Martin Luther King Jr. that states ‘Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.’ We find this quote very fitting for today’s backpack outreaches.”
by Justin Quinn 11/21/13
ARMONK, N.Y. — President Louis Levine of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) bestowed an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and a medal to Armonk resident Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon last week.
Dr. Fallon, a member of the board of trustees of the college, was honored for her charity work as Founder & Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, a nonnprofit dedicated to helping children in need, as well as for serving on the Executive Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes here in Westchester.
She also received congratulatory letters that evening from N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo, N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, N.Y.C Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Commissioner of N.Y. State Department Health, D. Nirav Shah and the Ambassador of Ireland, His Excellency Michael Collins.
“I am filled with gratitude to NYCPM that they chose me as the recipient of this degree. I am honored and humbled having received this most prestigious Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by NYCPM. I am forever grateful and it will serve as kind reminder each day of my life to continue to serve my patients and children in need with the utmost care and compassion,” Dr. Fallon said in a statement.
She is a board-certified wound care specialist and foot & ankle specialist and has authored several medical journal articles and books.
Fallon has worked at the Midtown Health Center in Manhattan for the last 16 years, and for more than 10 years at St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital and St. Vincent’s Family Health Center as a doctor and surgeon.
Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon recently took part in a special recording session of ‘No Time At All’ with actress, Andrea Martin and Stephen Schwartz, composer of PIPPIN.
Fallon sang on the new Broadway Cast Recording of PIPPIN. The recording took place at the Concert Hall in the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City, NY.
source: Podiatry Management
On the evening of Thursday, November 14, 2013, the College will be holding a Convocation honoring Women in Podiatry. This honor will be given to three doctors – Drs. Susheel Bathla, Kathleen Reilly Fallon, and Halina M. Semla-Pulaski, all graduates of NYCPM.
These women will be recognized by President Louis L. Levine and the Board of Trustees both for their professional and personal contributions to podiatric medicine, and for their community service. The ceremony will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.
source: Podiatry Management
Last night, with pomp and circumstance, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) held a Convocation honoring Women in Podiatry. Drs. Susheel Bathla, Kathleen Reilly Fallon, and Halina M. Semla-Pulaski, all graduates and Board of Trustees members of NYCPM, received honorary doctorates in humane letters.
These highly accomplished women were recognized by President Louis L. Levine and the Board of Trustees both for their professional and personal contributions to podiatric medicine, and for their community service. The ceremony, gala dinner, and silent auction were held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan and raised money for student scholarships.
source: Podiatry Management
Harrison 8th grader Kevin Enright helped make this September special for a group of Yonkers students
Written by Zach Oliva September 16, 2011
More than 600 brand new backpacks were delivered to a group of excited Yonkers students this month, and a Harrison student played a big part in making their back-to-school dream a reality.
Kevin Enright, 12, spent his summer seeking donations for the Heavenly Productions Foundation, which pledged 500 brand new backpacks to Yonkers elementary school students this fall. Kevin called area businesses, friends and corporations, building a donation base to help students at Yonkers Public School #23.
Working with Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon of Heavenly Productions and five other young volunteers, Kevin garnered enough donations for a whopping 606 backpacks. Every student in the school from pre-school to 8th grade was given a new backpack for the school year.
Kevin, along with James Fallon of Armonk and Tyler Cermele, Michael Cermele and John Nolletti of Pleasantville, were honored on Sept. 2 by Fallon and Bernard Pierorazio, superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools.
On Sept. 9, the students delivered the backpacks and other supplies to the Yonkers elementary school, where they were thanked by grateful students along with school principal Christine Montero.
Written by Kevin Cook, Director of Development, ANDRUS
May 2, 2012: Heavy clouds chased the ceremony indoors on Thursday, April 26, but didn’t dampen the spirit of the crowd of 75 gathered for the ribbon cutting at the ANDRUS Early Learning Center (AELC).
The successor to the former Eastchester Child Development Center (ECDC), founded in 1967 by the late Judge J. Rockhill Gray and Mrs. Emily Corry, both of Bronxville, as a program of Family & Community Services Inc. (FCS), this new operation is handsomely housed on the entire third floor and a portion of the first at the Tuckahoe Village Hall. Mayor Steve Ecklondwelcomed the crowd and shared the giant scissors with ANDRUS president and CEO Nancy Woodruff Ment.
Prominent in the audience were FCS and ANDRUS supporters from Bronxville, includingPeg and John Cady, Bumpty McGrath, Susan Guma, Emily and John Corry, Sharlyn Carter, and JoAnn LoFriscorepresenting Hudson Valley Bank.
The tour following the ceremony elicited gasps of delight at the creative and bright renovation of the former Rollins Agency office complex. The Carter Arts Wing and its spacious children’s theatre and adjacent art studio, The Emily McKnight Corry Toy Library (the first in Westchester County!), large classrooms, an indoor play space, new kitchen and café for healthy meals and snacks, and more were all admired.
The AELC provides superior full- and half-day care and early childhood education for children up to the age of five. In this new space, ANDRUS is adding an infant care program for children as early as six months of age, a boon to working parents.
Westchester County Legislator Sheila Marcotte of Tuckahoe brought greetings from her colleagues and Rob Astorino, the county executive. Kathleen Suss and Heather Petrie of Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art led a group of AELC children in singing an exuberant welcome to the guests. The conservatory provides weekly music lessons at AELC as part of its significant community service offerings. The crowd included many local supporters, including Philip Raffiani, the Tuckahoe Lions Club, and members of the local chambers of commerce.
On Saturday, the ANDRUS Kick-off for Kids introduced the new center to local children and families. Sarah Lawrence College interns shared their “pop-up gym”; Junior League volunteers, organized by Community VP Sonja Gaffney, read stories and shared gently used books with all comers and led family yoga and healthy snacking; and members of the Masonic Lodge in Tuckahoe provided an important child ID program for interested families.
Bob’s Discount Furniture, the national retailer, provided a clown and face painting, along with the talent of Kathy Fallon, a songstress who performed several sets of lullabies, accompanied by the gift of a gorgeous picture book and CD of lullabies for each child. Bright skies ensured a large crowd and the excitement to lead into Monday, April 30, the first day of class in our little friends’ new home.
Pictured here: At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new ANDRUS Early Learning Center: L to R are President Nancy Ment, Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond, County Legislator Sheila Marcotte, and the “Three Ladies of FCS,” Sharlyn Carter, Emily Corry, and Peg Cady, all of Bronxville.
Photo courtesy Kevin Cook, Director of Development, ANDRUS
Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon, a Board Certified Wound Care Specialist and Foot & Ankle Specialist, has been elected by unanimous vote to the Board of Trustees of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine at the most recent meeting of the Board. Dr. Reilly obtained her DPM degree in 1994 from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and went on for further medical studies at New York Medical College.
Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon
Fallon has worked at the Midtown Health Center in New York City for the last 16 years. For over 10 years, she worked at St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital and the St. Vincent’s Family Health Center as a Doctor/Surgeon specializing in Foot and Ankle surgery. She has authored several medical journal articles and published two books. She is also an executive board member of the March of Dimes, and the Founder and Chairwoman of the Heavenly Productions Foundation.
By Bob Dotson
updated 9/7/2011 9:31:41 AM ET
Even for believers, what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, seemed unbelievable. On that day of snowing dirt, a little chapel survived the hell that leveled skyscrapers of concrete and steel.
On that terrible day terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, I was standing outside St. Paul’s Chapel, one block from Ground Zero. A dozen modern buildings toppled all around, but St. Paul’s — pieced together with brick and timber — stood without so much as a broken window.
The Rev. Daniel Matthews, rector of the parish of Trinity Church, walked with me through the church’s graveyard, which was covered in ash. The dust of the dead had settled in the chapel cemetery.
Matthews stopped to dust off a headstone. “You know what everyone in the neighborhood is calling St. Paul’s, don’t you? The Little Chapel That Stood.” He looked up and smiled.
“The most astounding thing for me was not the soot and the dust, but the paper,” he continued. “There must have been 10 million pieces. Everybody’s desk wound up flying out the window.”
Some 460,000 tons of debris from the Twin Towers alone had landed nearby — enough concrete to build a 5-foot sidewalk from New York to Washington, D.C. Enough steel to build 20 Eiffel Towers. Sixteen acres of rubble, some of it nine stories deep.
Matthews figured St. Paul’s Chapel was spared to shelter those who were not spared. “It is a symbol of where we have been and where we are going and what we have to do in the future.”
The little church is the oldest in Manhattan. It opened in 1766, a decade before the Declaration of Independence. Most every president has prayed here, beginning with George Washington; he came to St. Paul’s after this country’s first inauguration. Guess what Kathy Fallon was doing in the president’s pew the day I showed up?
“I’m sitting where George Washington and his family used to gather for church, fixing feet.” Fallon said with a smile. She was running a foot clinic.
“It’s appropriate to be in a church,” another volunteer put in with a grin, “because, in a way, we’re saving soles.”
St. Paul’s was a place where Ground Zero workers could rest; get a foot or back rub, a quick meal, and a kind word. “It’s like a M.A.S.H. unit for the soul,” Matthews said. “These volunteers did a great job.”
A thousand of them served 12-hour shifts. They came from all over. On 9/11, foot doctor Fallon drove two and a half hours from her home in Armonk, N.Y. En route, she realized she would miss a celebration: Her husband, Jim, would have to blow out the 42 candles on his birthday cake without her.
Then she had another realization: “Oh my God, my baby is four months today!” The day the towers came crashing down and she rushed to Ground Zero.
“I need to be here,” Fallon insisted. “When my son, James Edward, grows up, he’ll understand what happened on Sept. 11. I think he’ll appreciate that his mom was down here, trying to help out.”
‘They lost; we won’
We all tell our kids, “I’ll be right back.” After 9/11, some children didn’t believe that. Victoria Alonso’s mother, Janet, went to work at the World Trade Center that morning and never returned. Her dad was left to care for a 2-year-old daughter and a baby boy with Down syndrome.
“If I was to tell you I did this by myself, I’d be a liar; I’d be a flat-out liar,” Robert said. “I got my mom, my aunt, my pop to help.”
But he never returned to work at the pizza place he owned in Stony Point, New York. His family substituted for him. “I owe it to my children to be around,” Robert explained. “If I buried my grief in work, my kids would lose both their parents.”
He no longer put off anything that brought them joy. “If we’re lying on the floor and all of a sudden Victoria says, ‘Daddy, I want to go to the park,’ I’m like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go to the park.’ That’s what I’m thinking, but I say, ‘Let’s go. We’re going to the park.’ ”
Robert shouted “Hang on, guys!” as the kids squealed with laughter. They were riding in a grocery cart, careening across the lot toward dad’s big SUV. “Why should I deprive my children from going shopping?” Robert said. “I see all the other mothers going shopping with their kids. Why can’t I do it?”
He raced alongside the grocery cart, jumped on its rear axle and pushed with a powerful leg. The children exploded with laughter again. “When my kids smile, the terrorists lose,” Robert said with a grin. “The people who killed Janet wanted to destroy our happy lives. They lost. We won.”
Since 9/11 Robert has taught his children to treat every moment like an unopened gift. “I don’t want to be the rain cloud in my family,” he said. “I want to give my kids the incentive to do things and go forward.”
He coached Victoria’s softball team to the New York State championship the year she turned 12. “We all went out and bought rounds of Lipitor,” Robert chuckled.
And toasted his son Robby, too. The 10-year-old learned to walk and read before most kids with Down syndrome because his dad played with him every day.
Robert waited a long time for his family. He and Janet tried to conceive a child for 10 years, then gave up. Two months later, she was pregnant. They considered it a victory, so they named their daughter Victoria.
These days, when Victoria looks in the mirror, she sees her mother. “She was special to me,” Victoria said, even though she can barely remember her mom. “I love her.” She paused. Her eyes welled with tears. “People need to know that.”
The two are much alike. Victoria is an honor student; Janet studied nights and weekends for years and graduated from college in her late 30s. She worked as an email manager on the 97th floor of the World Trade Center. On the day of the attacks, she had just gone back to her job at Marsh & McLennan after staying home to take care of her second baby, Robby.
Janet’s body was found seven months after 9/11, on her son’s first birthday. “God works in funny ways,” Robert sighed. “Hearing the knock on the door and the news that Janet’s body had been recovered from Ground Zero, that was the most difficult. It really knocked me out. It was like September 11 all over again.”
I visited the Alonsos on the first Mother’s Day after 9/11. Robert scooped up his kids and carried them out on the deck in back. “Come on,” he said, “let’s say hello to mommy in the stars.” It was his 13th wedding anniversary.
As Victoria neared her 13th birthday, I asked her, “If your mom were sitting here today, what would you ask her?”
Victoria stared across her backyard in thought, then turned to me. “I’d ask her, ‘What would she want to do with me today?’ ”
Good times keep bad memories at bay. The Alonsos spent that 9/11 in the park, near a memorial that their neighbors built to Janet and all the other parents from their New York City suburb who went to work that day but never came home.
Robby wandered to a wall filled with names as his father and sister played catch nearby. “Right here,” he said, pointing to Janet Alonso’s name etched in marble. “This was my mommy.”
The little boy leaned over and scraped his fingers back and forth across his mother’s name. His father watched, then rubbed his own hands together, as if he could scour away painful thoughts.
Robby drew his fingers to his mouth, kissed them and gently pressed them on his mother’s name. “Mama,” he whispered.
We all think about 9/11 once a year. The Alonsos live it every day.
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