FDNY Active & Retired of Palm Beach

Our meetings are on the 2nd. Thursday of the month starting at 12 Noon

Next meeting March 8

Meetings are held at STERLING VILLAGE on Federal Highway in Boynton Beach.

Bring a FDNY friend to the meeting or anyone to an activity.

If you would like to become a member just come to a meeting or e-mail us at...

Dave Zysman - Zman7151@yahoo.com or Tom Guldner - Fireny@aol.com

2018 Dues are due! $25. - Please pay up

Attention : Only use the Guest parking spots marked with a yellow bumper. There were a few complaints after our last meeting.


















FDNY 343 licence plates were made available at our last meeting by Joe Holland.

Joe lost his son on 9/11 and has been instrumental is creating a 9/11 monument on Florida's west coast. The plates sell for $15 with the proceeds going to the 9/11 memorial. Joe will have more plates available at our next meeting. Please email me if you want them and I will let Joe know how many to bring. E-mail me with your name and the number of plates you want.
















As of now we have 22 signed up and paid for our sight-seeing cruise. Jim Coster (2), Tom Rapatski (2), Tom Luniewski (2), Pat Waters (3), John Dougherty (7), Joe Holland (4), Tom Guldner (2)

I have already purchased the tickets. If your name is not listed and you want to attend then contact me NOW! Fireny@aol.com

Details of the trip are printed below. The price does not include food but snacks are available for sale aboard and hamburgers etc are available on the Island. The price is $28 and parking is available for $7 for the day.

If our Broward County brothers/sisters would like to join us on this cruise or any of our activities that would be wonderful.

Some of those going on the cruise are also going for dinner after the cruise at.... Old Heidelberg Restaurant 900 W State Road 84 (Marina Mile) Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 Phone: 954 463 6747 ...........I will not be making any reservations. You can handle that on your own if you wish.

JUNGLE QUEEN, AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING CRUISE & TROPICAL ISLE TOUR DEPARTS: 1:30pm, Daily, year-round. Jungle Queen's Spectacular Afternoon Tropical Isle Sightseeing Cruise. A daily, fully narrated cruise down the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale's historic New River. See Millionaire's Row with homes of the Rich and Famous, spectacular Mega Yachts, and sights beyond belief. The cruise takes you to our own lush tropical isle where you can watch an alligator show, see exotic birds, lemurs and monkeys, hold a baby alligator or one of our birds, and have your picture taken with them. Hungry? Thirsty? Enjoy our extensive concession stand menu – burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chips, ice cream, soda and much more. Don't forget to visit our gift shop before you leave. Seniors $28








































Broward County FDNY Retiree Picnic At our last meeting it was mentioned that the Broward county FDNY Retiree Picnic will be held on March 14th. and all of us are invited.

It will start at 11 AM. It is being held at Trade winds Park which is on Sample Road (just west of the Turnpike on south side of Sample, first left). Large pavilion on right as you enter park, before Butterfly World. Everyone who went last year had a great time.

Members who have not paid and wish to go can pay at the Picnic. $15



















Fishing trip Our January trip was canceled due to bad weather....

Our February trip was cancled due to only having 3-members interested. I will try again for next month. I'll send out an email and if I don't get any response we will stop having fishing trips.

It’s a 4 hour Deep Sea Fishing Morning trip on the “Island Time” sailing from 8:00 a.m. To 12:00 noon. See their web-site at https://fishingonislandtime.com/ The boat leaves from the Palm Beach Yacht Center, 7848 S. Federal Hwy., Hypoluxo, FL.

So far I only have 1-member signed up. Please let me know if you plan to go.......

Marina is located between Hypoluxo Rd. and Gateway Blvd. The boat is located in the rear of the marina on the North side. Follow "Drift Fishing" signs for Living on Island Time to the boat docks. They will supply rods, rigs, and bait. Bring your own lunch and beverages (they say nonalcoholic beverages but I've seen some beer before). Because a group rate would be non refundable we will not reserve our spots in advance. So it is up to you to arrive early enough (7 - 7:30) to get your own tickets. I do want a count so if you are going then e-mail me now. Fireny@aol.com

If our Broward County brothers/sisters would like to join us on this trip or any of our activities that would be wonderful. Costs Adults $40.00 Children age 12 and under $25.00 Seniors $35.00 Note: If raining or if NOAA sea conditions are over 3' we will cancel.




















Golf Outing

As of now there will be no golf outing due to lack of interest.

Bob Wilday has agreed to set up a golf outing and possible luncheon at a local course.

If you want to be included let him know. Include Name, phone and number in your party. If you like to play why not join us??????

Bob's e-mail address is bobwlad6@comcast.net

We need at least 10 to set anything up. Contact Bob now if interested.

So far the following have signed up: Dave Zysman Pete Grosso Jim Coster Joe Holland Norm Kverner


















Support Those Who Support Us.

At previous meetings we had two six foot heroes provided at no cost to us by "The Sandwich Man" in Delray beach. They have provided their sandwiches to our group on other occasions and refused to accept payment. They make the best sandwich in the area and everyone remarked about their great bread.

"You would think you were back in New York!".

We are asking you to please give the Sandwich Man your business, especially when catering a party but he also makes a great overstuffed sandwich, pizzas, and salads. Address 2001 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL (N/W corner of Atlantic and Congress) Call 274-6140. Let's support those who support us! When you buy tell him your with the Palm Beach FDNY group.















Activities from previous years. Click on the year to see those photos


























UFA Retiree Benefits

The UFA Security Benefit Fund has increased benefits for hearing aids, eye glasses, and dental services, as well as expanded pharmacy's that accept our plan.

The Hearing aid benefit has been raised to $1000.00 every three (3) years. Up from $600 every 5 years.

Dental services through Florida Dental - HealthPlex S200, has expanded to areas in South Florida, including Broward and Palm Beach Counties. You can reach them at 1.888.200.0322 or www.healthplex.com

Eye glass info… we have a pretty full list of participating Private Practice Eye Doctors. Including Florida (too many to list here), so reach out to us and we can get you a list. The Optical benefits for retirees are as follows:

Eye exams $30, up from $15 - Lenses $50, up from $25

Frames $50, up from $20 - Contacts $100, up from $45

Annual Maximum $130, up from $60 *and it's for every OTHER year

Cataract Reimbursement (after Medicare Pays) is now $150, up from $75

You can now use "ANY" pharmacy* for prescriptions, not just CVS/Caremark. *Though I would suggest you shop around for pricing as different chains (i.e.: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Walmart, Publix, etc.) have different prices.



UFOA Retiree Benefits

At age 65, or two years after you become eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance regardless of your age, you MUST sign up for Medicare Part A & Part B 1.212.306.7610.

If you are enrolled in Medicare, because of a disability, you MUST also contact the UFOA Family Protection Plan to be enrolled in the PROPER Drug Benefit program. 1.212.376.8400.

Once enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B, you MUST contact Office of Labor Relations to sign up for the Medicare Part B Reimbursement Program.

Note: The Medicare Reimbursement check is now sent to the account where your pension money goes to. It is no longer sent by check. Check your bank statments for correct payment.

To receive a Health Plans - Plan Summary Description 1-212-513-0470.

At age 70-1/2, you MUST start taking minimum required distributions from any qualified plans. Including your 401K's and UFOA Annuity Plan. **There is a 50% penalty if you do not!!!




















Medical Forms - Sal D`Angelo 1.917.440.3087

Blue Cross 1.800.433.9592 - G.H.I. 1.212.501.4444 - HIP 1.800.826.1013 - HealthPlex (Dental) 1.888.200.0322

UFOA Telephone Information - UFOA Family Protection Plan 1.212.376.8400

UFOA Retiree Rep. Pat Reynolds 1.212.376.8400

Medicare Part B - Customer Service 1.800.333.7586 - WTC FDNY Program 1.718.999.1858

Article 1-B Pension Check Trace 1.718.999.2327 - Article 1-A Pension Check Trace 1.718.999.1207

Life Insurance (FDNY) 1.718.999.2329

UFA 1.212.683.4UFA (4832) - UFA Security Benefit Fund 1.212.683.4SBF (4723) - UFA Retiree Rep. James Dahl 1.212.683.4723

FDNY Death Notification 1.718.999.2715

City of NY Employee Health Benefits 1.212.513.0470 OR 1.212.306.7300 OR 1.212.306.7600 - Fax 1.212.306.7756

General Prescription Plan 1.800.341.2234 - CVS Caremark Prescriptions 1.888.769.9030

Silver Scripts Prescriptions .......1.866.235.5660 (Last Names Starting with A-M) OR 1.866.412.5373 (Last Names Starting with N-Z)






















Catastrophic Insurance

If any member still has the Catastrophic Insurance plan that was offered to us through the union, PLEASE note that it is imperative that you keep the plan up to date and premiums paid BY THE DUE DATE!

The plan is no longer offered and if you let the plan lapse by a missing or late payment, you WILL BE DROPPED and NOT be able to get back into it!

This plan has been touted by those who have needed to use it to be a financial life saver, so for those who still have it, DO NOT risk losing it! 1.800.503.9230