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MEET our TV angels! --volunteers who pick up TVs from homes of seniors/disabled residents
Release Date: March 17, 2013


GREENBURGH TV ANGELS--meet 2 outstanding citizen volunteers from E Irvington who have picked up 18 TVs from homes of senior citizens/disabled residents and dropped them off at the DPW yard
TV sets have weighed as much as 150-200 pounds!
The Town of Greenburgh sanitation crews does not collect electronic waste, such as TVs, computers, printers, etc. This cost-reduction policy imposes a relatively minor burden on most households, who can deliver their electronic waste to the DPW Yard. However, for those who are elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to carry a television to Sprain Road, the policy is a problem. To solve that problem, one couple from East Irvington, Debra Pelo and Bob Brantl, accepted my invitation to serve as volunteer TV Angels. They started picking up TVs from the homes of elderly or disabled residents in April of last year. So far they have picked up about 18 TV sets and personally carried them to the public works yard. Most of the TVs that they have delivered to the yard weigh about 30-35 pounds. However, they have picked up old TV sets that have weighed as much as 150 to 200 pounds. Their efforts are invariably met with gratitude by the residents they assist, who in many cases are replacing old, large plasma-screen cabinets and smile warmly at the willingness of these strangers to give time and risk back-ache to help out. Greenburgh residents needing the assistance of the TV Angels can contact the Department of Public Works or me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com

Debra Pelo and Bob Brantl represent the best of the best in the town. In addition to our TV angel program, the town has a snow angel program. Volunteers assist in shoveling out driveways of seniors and disabled residents. During Hurricane Sandy we started a new program: house angel program. Home owners with power offered to shelter residents without power in their homes for free! We have many other volunteers working hard to enhance your living experience in Greenburgh. Our volunteer firefighters, ambulance corp members, volunteers working as police constables, CERT team members, citizen board volunteers work long hours --usually without much recognition.

We owe a big thanks to citizens like Debra and Bob who make Greenburgh a very special place to live. A BIG THANK YOU!
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
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