Deidre Weliky, center, leads a discussion at the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing. Some participants, visible on the computer screen, join in from their homes.

Deidre Weliky, center, leads a discussion at the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing. Some participants, visible on the computer screen, join in from their homes.

At the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Queens, a social worker, Rachel Itzkowitz, is leading the weekly current events class, guiding participants through a series of discussions. What did they think about that shooting at the Mexican border? About higher compensation for first responders injured on Sept. 11? And what about the controversy over building a Muslim community center near the World Trade Center site?

Milton Greidinger has something to say. “A lot of baloney,” he huffs. “They don’t have to slap America in the face by putting a mosque where the damage was done. You can have religious freedom by building it on another street, that’s what I think.”

Mr. Greidinger, 86, a retired department store buyer, isn’t in the room with the half-dozen other class members. Largely homebound because of mobility problems, he’s logging in from his apartment on a computer he received and learned to use just a few months ago, in a demonstration project by Selfhelp Community Services, a New York senior services organization. continue reading>>

Source: Paula Span (New York Times, August 3, 2010)
Photo Source: Jason DeCrow

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