Newsday covered a heart-warming story regarding two of Angela’s House’s special children, Ryan and Michael Steubing. Ryan and Michael share a small bedroom in their Levittown home. Both boys have Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy, a slow but steady muscle-debilitating disease requiring them to use wheelchairs. The problem was, their bedroom was 8 feet by 14 feet and was not big enough to accommodate both the boys and their wheelchairs. Angela’s House realized that resources to help the boys were very limited. Their luck changed when Angela’s House found a local contractor, Murphy Construction who offered to rebuild the room for free, making it 16 feet by 14 feet. Thanks to the extremely generous offer of Bill and Charles Murphy of Murphy Construction, the boys now have a spacious bedroom they are both very happy with. Read More
Archive for 2003
Monday, September 29th, 2003
Bob Policastro, Director of ATDC, hosted its first annual golf outing on September 29th at the Nissequogue Golf Club in St. James. The event, a fundraiser for ATDC and Angela’s House, net $32,700 through corporate sponsors, golf participants and raffles. It was a clear crisp autumn day on the golf course for 104 golfers, who were challenged by the hilly and rugged terrain of the course that borders the Nissequogue River. On the 18th hole, the tee is a couple hundred yards away from a 100-foot drop down a hill leading to the green. This means the hole was totally out of sight from the tee until the players reached the top of the hill. The best ball score of the day was 71, par for the course. What a feat!
Major sponsors included Fleet Bank, Vytra Health Plans, Carpenters Local Union 7, Professional Equipment / Aprosite.com, the Norton family and the Cohen family. The Golf Committee members were Bob Policastro, Walter Stockton, Frank Lombardi, Deniz Gurcan, Gerard Focone, Anthony Marrone, Sean Tracey, Joe McGovern and Tom Brennan. ATDC appreciates their generous support and expertise in creating this successful event.
The committee organized an exciting evening with Mick Foley emcee. Mick aka Mankind, three time World Wide Federation Wresting Champ and author of several NY Times best selling books, created a lot of fun for the guests as they made bids for golf outings to Bethpage Black Course, Southampton Golf Club and Atlantic Golf Club. Louis Rocco, of Landauer Metropolitan, made the highest bid of $1300 for a threesome with Walter Stockton at Southampton Golf Club. In the raffles, Joe Dovi won a set of graphite golf clubs and a television and John Caraciolo won the 53″ wide screen TV. IGHL, Mt. Sinai resident Donna Rae picked some raffle tickets and awarded gifts during the proceedings, and one of the winners picked her up and twirled around gleefully. Based on the happy noise of the evening, everyone felt the same way.
Thursday, June 12th, 2003
Almost three years after the first “Angela’s House” was built in East Moriches for medically frail, technology dependent children, a second house was purchased in Smithtown, which will be rebuilt to accomodate seven children and keep them close to home. Read More
Saturday, June 7th, 2003
Two-year-old James Andrew Bonneville tends to stop breathing in the middle of the night.
It’s one illness in a list of many that has forced his mother to quit her job, live on four hours of sleep, split time with her other children and turn in desperation to what she sees as the family’s only salvation – a home for medically fragile, technology-dependent youngsters scheduled to open this year in Smithtown. Read More
Thursday, January 23rd, 2003
When Angela Frances Policastro was born with severe brain damage in 1989, her parents, Bob and Angie, soon realized that their daughter’s complex medical needs went beyond what they could administer at home.
But after failing to find a Long Island nursing facility capable of caring for their newborn, the Hauppauge couple was forced to place their daughter in a special care hospital in New Britain, Conn. At the same time, the Policastros launched a furious campaign to establish a local health care facility specifically designed for children who are dependent on medical technology for survival. Read More
Friday, January 3rd, 2003
Driving along Montauk Highway in East Moriches, there’s a friendly-looking yellow home just off the road near the bypass. It seems like any other except for the charming sign identifying it as “Angela’s House.”
Inside, first glance reveals a typical home, extremely welcoming. The walls are adorned with murals, boasting bright colors and cute animals. A Christmas tree lights up a corner of the living room. Playground equipment dominates the backyard. Read More