Drive down Brookside Drive in Smithtown and you’ll pass a new constructed, six-bedroom ranch with a “welcome” sign firmly planted in the ground by the front door. Enter and you’ll find eight children inside ranging in ages from two through 13 years. Read More
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
Monday, June 20th, 2005
Books to Raise Funds – Anthony Morrone, right of Kings Park, displays the covers of his new book, “Born Under A Lucky Star,” with Roberty Policastro, left, executive director of “Angela’s House” in Hauppauge and East Moriches. Profits from the book will benefit “Angela’s House.” For more information call 979-2620.
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
Tuesday, November 26th, 2002
Angela Frances Policastro, all 8 pounds, 9 ounces of her, slipped silently into the world on a Wednesday afternoon 13 summers ago. “She was blue, very blue,” said her father, who was watching his daughter’s delivery.
The mother was awake in the delivery room at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip. “I was thinking, of course, that I had the perfect baby,” Angie Policastro said the other day at home in Hauppauge. “I ate perfectly during my pregnancy. I wouldn’t even eat cream cheese because it has preservatives in it. Then Angela was born.” Read More
Saturday, November 9th, 2002
After Bob Policastro’s 13-month-old daughter, Angela, died more than a decade ago from brain-damage, he decided to devote his life to helping medically frail children.
Now Policastro, the founder of Angela’s House in East Moriches, the only house on Long Island that cares for brain-damaged children 24 hours a day, will be able to further his mission. He was given a $100,000 grant from the UPS Foundation Friday to build a respite home. Read More
Thursday, July 20th, 2000
“Angela’s House,” the first of its kind group home in Long Island, was dedicated on Friday, June 30, by Independent Group Home Living (IGHL) at 165 Montauk Highway, East Moriches, New York, 11940.
The residence will provide housing for seven medically-frail and technology-dependent children from Long Island, ages three to eight. The families have battled with distance, traveling to homes or hospitals upstate to see their children. As of now, they will be able to have their children much closer to home. Read More
Sunday, July 16th, 2000
After their daughter Angela was born severely brain damaged 11 years ago, Robert and Angie Policastro searched for a nursing facility near their home in Hauppauge that could care for her.
The closet nursing center with room for their daughter was in New Britain, Conn., a 2 1/2 hour drive from their home. Angie, 40, said their only placement option was in Albany, which was even farther away. Read More