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Sondra Forsyth

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Sondra Forsyth, co-editor-in-chief of ThirdAge.com, is a National Magazine Award winner and the author or co-author of 11 books. She was executive editor at Ladies’ Home Journal, features editor at Cosmopolitan and articles editor at Bride’s. She is the founder and artistic director of Ballet Ambassadors, an arts-in-education company in New York City.

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Surviving Sandy: ‘I Raised My Hand’

Posted on 11/21/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is the last in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy and the people who responded to help them.   Day after day, Bob Tulipan led teams of relief volunteers to the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. One day the Rockaways; Staten Island the next. There was a mission dubbed “Operation Muck-Out” because scores of willing hands banded together to clean the residue and mold from homes that were …

Surviving Sandy: ‘We Thought We Were Safe This Time’

Posted on 11/20/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Volunteering  This is the fourth in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. On Monday evening, Oct. 29, Liz Bennett heard the distant wail of fire engines outside her modest frame home on the thin Rockaway Beach peninsula that juts out of the borough of Queens. Liz (above) yelled upstairs to her husband, Bill, who at 67 is retired from his job as the superintendent of a building in Manhattan. Then …

Surviving Sandy: ’10 Years of Hard Work and Sacrifice … Gone’

Posted on 11/19/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is the third in a series of profiles of New Yorker area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. When Sue Saunders opened the door to her waterfront shop in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, she burst into tears. New York Printing and Graphics, the business Sue (above) had built from a kitchen-table operation into a thriving venture, had been reduced to a heap of muddy, overturned presses and soggy piles of what was once her inventory. “I celebrated …

Surviving Sandy: ‘One Saving Grace — I Had My Car’

Posted on 11/18/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is the second in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. Sandy’s wrath turned the Staten Island street where Carlos Cruz lives into a river. Carlos (above) watched in disbelief as cars bobbed like toys on the wind-whipped waves. Stranded in a second-story rental apartment, with food rotting in the fridge and freezing temperatures threatening his fragile health, he and his son lived on Spam and Vienna sausages. Rescue boats …

Surviving Sandy: ‘I Thought My Mother Was Going to Die’

Posted on 11/17/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringEditor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy. We were moved by the heartbreaking stories of loss and the inspirational stories of kindness and wanted to share them with you. Knowing that the effort to rebuild lives, homes and communities will take months, the AARP Foundation established the AARP Foundation Relief Fund. This fund will give the nearly $1.3 million already raised to select organizations working …