StarGazing: Letters and notices for the week of November 13

Let­ters to the ed­it­or and a no­tice from Star's sis­ter news­pa­per, the North­east Times. 

Donate for the hol­i­days

With the hol­i­days ap­proach­ing, it’s time, once again, to ask for the com­munity’s help in donat­ing to those less for­tu­nate.

The North­east Times’’ Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund is a char­it­able ef­fort that ori­gin­ated in 1955 and has since helped thou­sands of loc­al fam­il­ies dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. The Smylie Fund matches fam­il­ies in need with com­munity mem­bers who can of­fer help. All money col­lec­ted is used to buy gift cards and provide hol­i­day din­ners to those who are strug­gling to make ends meet.

Each dona­tion will make a dif­fer­ence, re­gard­less of the amount, and will help provide a hol­i­day meal and en­sure each child will have at least one present.

The North­east Times will ac­cept any dona­tion amount — large or small — and will pub­lish your name in the list of donors in the news­pa­per. If you prefer to donate an­onym­ously, we can hon­or that re­quest as well.

The North­east Times’ Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund is a loc­al out­reach ef­fort and an op­por­tun­ity to help your neigh­bor down the street or a few blocks away. The news­pa­per ab­sorbs all ad­min­is­trat­ive costs, so every penny donated goes dir­ectly to those in need.

In 2012, the com­munity fund was able to help 212 fam­il­ies and four so­cial ser­vice or­gan­iz­a­tions. 

If you would like to re­quest help, or if you know of someone who could use as­sist­ance dur­ing the hol­i­days, please take a few minutes to write a let­ter. The ad­dress is:

Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund

2512 Met­ro­pol­it­an Drive

Tre­vose, PA 19053

Tell us your story, and be sure to in­clude a name and con­tact in­form­a­tion for an agency or per­son for veri­fic­a­tion. Re­quests can also be sent through email to Everything about the pro­cess will re­main an­onym­ous.

If you are able to donate, please send a check to the Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund at the ad­dress above. This is an op­por­tun­ity to help the com­munity we all love so dearly. ••

Thanks for vot­ing

Thank you to my neigh­bors in the North­east. Al­though not elec­ted dis­trict at­tor­ney, I am humbled that I won among work­ing-class fam­il­ies con­cen­trated in the River Wards and the North­east. 

I am told that these votes came from Re­pub­lic­an house­holds and many Demo­crat­ic house­holds who split the tick­et, put­ting polit­ics aside and re­ject­ing busi­ness as usu­al.

From my fam­ily to yours, thank you and God bless. God bless the work­ing-class who are the back­bone of this city—play­ing by the rules and keep­ing the city run­ning, des­pite a gov­ern­ment that is fail­ing us. 

Danny Al­varez, Esq.

Re­pub­lic­an Nom­in­ee for Dis­trict At­tor­ney, Somer­ton ••

Sup­port the Amer­ic­an Lung As­so­ci­ation

Dear Ed­it­or,

Too many people are be­ing dia­gnosed with lung can­cer every­day – those who smoke, and those who don’t. It’s heart­break­ing. 

We, as a so­ci­ety, need to be ad­voc­ates for clean­er, health­i­er air to breathe and help people quit smoking, and make sure chil­dren nev­er start. 

Healthy clean air is a sure way to pre­vent people from get­ting lung dis­ease –   air that is free from  pol­lu­tion and to­bacco smoke. 

Last year, I lost my dad to lung can­cer. What he went through be­fore he died, no one should have to ex­per­i­ence. He had to have a lung re­moved. 

In ad­di­tion to that, his voice box was bruised, and he could not speak. He had to make sev­er­al hos­pit­al vis­its be­cause he wasn’t able to breathe prop­erly. 

When he was healthy, he was able to at­tend my sons’ base­ball games. To­wards the end of his life, he had to be car­ried in and out of a wheel­chair. We can all start by sup­port­ing our loc­al Amer­ic­an Lung As­so­ci­ation chapter. Their pro­grams are in­valu­able in the fight for clean air.


Bon­nie LaPlace

Pitt­s­burgh ••

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