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Wartburg Discharges Twelfth (12th) COVID-19 Rehabilitative Patient to Home
Wartburg, a leading provider of senior healthcare and residential services in Westchester County, releases twelfth (12th) COVID-19 rehabilitative patient to home. Westchester nursing home successfully treats 89-year-old Pelham man, May 8, 2020 – Health care workers from Wartburg applauded as the skilled nursing rehabilitative facility discharged its twelfth (12th) fully recovered COVID-19 rehabilitative patient back home.
Richard Altobelli, affectionately known in the community as “Richie Bell,” 89, was admitted to Wartburg on April 17th, 2020 from White Plains Hospital where he was diagnosed with COVID-19. After beating the virus at Wartburg, doctors, nursing staff, and therapists gathered as Mr. Altobelli was discharged to his home with family. “Wartburg restored me with the strength I needed to get back on my feet and home safely,” Mr. Altobelli said. Mr. Altobelli spent 21 days in Wartburg’s Covid-19 rehab unit as he recovered.
Mr. Altobelli is a legend in the community and has had a relationship with Wartburg for decades. A perennial Pelham businessman, Mr. Altobelli’s history with Wartburg includes coaching basketball with the orphans who once lived on the campus, and in recent years, he donated pumpkins and seasonal flowers from his farm in upstate New York.
Wartburg treats COVID-19 patients following all Department Of Health infection control guidelines and much of the rehabilitative focus is on restoring respiratory function, increased endurance, and self-performance in eating. “Wartburg’s dedicated employees have worked tirelessly to treat patients during the pandemic,” said David Gentner, Wartburg’s President and CEO. “Their dedication, especially in such trying circumstances as a pandemic, is worthy of a heroes praise.”
Mr. Altobelli, who was asymptomatic throughout his illness, rebuilt his strength and endurance with the guidance of physical and occupational therapists. “Wartburg therapists and staff were great throughout my stay and kept my family informed of my progress,” he said. Mr. Altobelli was also able to visit with his family virtually and by phone with his son and daughter throughout his rehab stay. “They arranged for conversations by FaceTime,” said Mr. Altobelli’s daughter Lois Soccodato. “Thank you Wartburg, my father and entire family will always be grateful to the Wartburg nursing home.”
Novel Night Rescheduled
Heller and Finegan Receive Roger Rees Award
Congratulations to PMHS seniors Meredith Heller and Jack Finegan, who were chosen among the top 50 performers in the Greater New York Area for the Roger Rees Awards for their respective roles as Rosemary Pilkington and J. Pierrepont Finch in the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
In response to the global pandemic, the Roger Rees Awards were modified to an online program this year. Each high school was invited to nominate the two students in qualifying roles from their licensed school musical production to submit a video audition. Those audition videos were evaluated by a panel of theatre industry professionals to determine the top 25 male and top 25 female nominees. Finalists and winners will be selected and announced during the online awards presentation scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:30pm on the Broadway Education Alliance YouTube channel.
The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance is presented by Disney Theatrical Group (The Broadway League member) and the Broadway Education Alliance (fiscal sponsor) in association with Camp Broadway LLC (program administrator and showcase producer).
Pelham Together made a recent announcement that there are now Youth-sized masks available for purchase. Volunteers are tie-dying the masks until they run out of fabric.
Through the unending support of their crew of sewing volunteers, Pelham Together has been able to provide cloth masks to front line workers at no cost and to the Pelham neighborhood at very low cost. After two month, over 6,000 masks have been provided for free and more than 800 masks have been sold to the community.
In order to sustain the mask-making effort, prices have to be raised for the community masks from $5 to $10. All funds go to support Pelham Together programming, including supplies for masks, as well as youth and community programs.
Ordering is easy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm inventory. Indicate how many adult and/or youth sizes you need. You will receive an email confirming your order and instructions on how to pay and where to pick up the masks.
The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library have announced that Novel Night 2020, originally scheduled for November 21, 2020, will be rescheduled to November 20, 2021. The schedule change is due to COVID-19.
Novel Night, considered one of Pelham’s premiere parties, is a biennial fundraising event in support of the Town of the Pelham Public Library. Through Novel Night ticket sales, the Friends raise substantial funds for the town’s library and its community programming.
Town-wide events like Novel Night and institutions like the Town of Pelham Public Library are what make Pelham’s community so special. Supporters of the Library may consider donating to the Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library, Inc. in 2020. Online donations are accepted here:
Donations will help to support a wide range of library programs and vital services, including current virtual programming like Online Story Time with Mr.Oz, the NuWave legal documents portal, and free notary services now available via videoconference. The Town of Pelham Public Library and its staff are committed to helping the community of Pelham during this time.
The Friends are currently working on plans for a new festive fundraising moment in Fall 2020. Stay tuned for more information over the summer. For Novel Night 2021, Pelham residents are encouraged to mark their calendars now. The party will be worth the wait!