Dar-e-Mehr Trip

ZAGBA visits Dar-E-Mehr & ZAGNY of New York.

Photos of the Dar-E-Mehr visit. Please click on each to see full size and expand to full size. You may download each by right clicking.

 

As you all know from previous emails and Evite, we have organized a community trip to ZAGNY’s Dar-e-Mehr Zoroastrian Temple, located in Suffern, NY on September 16th.  

THE EVITE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THOSE WHO WANTED TO COME BY BUS.  WE HAVE REACHED FULL CAPACITY.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE RSVPs OR REQUESTS FOR BUS, AS THE SEATS ARE ALL RESERVED.  HOWEVER, IF YOU DON’T SEND THE CHECK FOR YOUR BUS RESERVATION BY SEPT. 8, YOUR SEAT(S) WILL BE ASSIGNED TO NEXT PERSON ON THE WAITING LIST, (TO BE FAIR TO ALL).

COMING ON YOUR OWN OR BY CAR?  You can still come on your own. 

To all of you who have not sent in their RSVP, since the Evite is now closed, you can’t RSVP there, but if you still want to come on your own, please email Yasmin (see email address below) and inform her how many of you (Adults + kids) will be coming, and send your checks to Kaio Dotivala.  

This is so that we have a proper total count of people to send to ZAGNY.  So please inform us if you are coming by car.

More Details:

ZAGBA has chartered a Peter Pan bus.  The journey will be non-stop both ways.  This is not an overnight trip and we will be returning the same day.

There is an on-board restroom (towards the rear of the coach).

See all details below.  Please plan to arrive at the Riverside Station in Newton by 7:30 AM, so that you have sufficient time to park your car, walk to the bus and to get to your seat.  The bus will leave exactly at 8 AM.  No exceptions.  In all prior emails regarding this trip, we have reiterated that everyone needs to be on time.  Please treat this trip just like you arrive on time for a flight or a train/bus for your personal trips.  The bus driver works on Peter Pan schedule and is instructed to leave on time; hence, the bus will not wait for anyone, even if you are a couple of minutes away.

Estimated time for the bus trip is 3 hours without traffic.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Departure: MBTA Riverside Station located at 333 Grove Street, off Exit 22 on Interstate 95, Newton, MA 02466.  Bus will leave the MBTA Riverside Station at 8:00 AM sharp.  Timing will be strictly enforced, with no exceptions or favors.

Parking at the MBTA Riverside Station:  Mon-Sun – All day-$6.00 .

Return Trip: We plan on returning from the Dar-e-Mehr to the MBTA Riverside Station by approx. 9-9:30 PM.

For those coming by car:  Please make sure you arrive at the Dar-e-Mehr by 11.15 AM at the latest.   Below are the directions and parking details.

GPS directions:  the Dar-e-Mehr address is: 106 Pomona Road, Suffern NY, 10901.

Parking for Cars:  If the main parking lot in front of the Dar-e-Mehr is full please park across the street in the large parking lot of the Pomona Middle School.

Agenda:  Will send it out before the trip

Cost: If you have not mailed your checks payable to ‘ZAGBA’, please do so, ASAP, but no later than September 8th. (Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886).  If your check is not received by ZAGBA, we will offer your seat to the next person(s) on waiting list.

$35/per person (applies to all, Age 4 and above), if coming by bus.

$10/per person (applies to all, Age 4 and above), only if coming by car.

Items to bring with you:  Please make sure you have caps/scarves for every member of your family to put on at the Dar-e-Mehr.  We suggest that you also bring some snacks/breakfast items to share for the AM trip and keep extra water and snacks for the return trip.

ZAGBA will provide water for the return trip, but please make sure you have your water bottles for the morning portion of the trip.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding this trip that this email has not answered, then please reach out to Yasmin (781-858-1168 or by email to ybhumgara@gmail.com) or Firoza (781-248-1316 or firozapanthaki@yahoo.com).

Thank you and look forward to making this one of the most memorable ZAGBA events of the year.

Best wishes,
Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
(ZAGBA Board)
  • September 16-NY’s Dar-e-Mehr Trip: On popular demand, we are again organizing a trip to NY’s Dar-e-Mehr.  The Evite will be going out in August. We will be taking this trip by bus and for those who want to travel by their car, can meet the ZAGBA group straight at the Dar-e-Mehr. ZAGBA has already booked a bus again for this year and as most of you know from last year’s trip, the seats on the bus are limited to approx. 50-52 seats.  So reservations will be strictly on first come basis (no favors), and hence with respect to your responses, please make sure you RSVP straight on the Evite in a timely manner.  Sending your RSVP to ZAGBA by email or telling a board member will not be counted as an RSVP. It has to be on the Evite. Families with young kids, please note that if coming by bus, this trip is only for kids 4 years and above.
Only a confirmed R​SVP along with your check mailed by the set deadline to the treasurer, will finalize your place on the bus.
​Please lookout for more details in the Evite, when sent.​

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

Dear Friends,

FEZANA Welfare & Critical Assistance Committee is requesting donations for helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please read the below email from FEZANA. You may donate online by clicking on the button below.

Thank you!

Best wishes,
Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
(ZAGBA Board)
Dear Zarathushtis,

Further to FEZANA Executive’s email announcement on the tragedy caused by Hurricane Harvey, we have heard that some Zarathushtis have been flooded out of their homes and many have been mandatorily evacuated from their homes.

Funds are to be needed to help purchase supplies and provide resources for victims of this life-threatening flood emergency which is widespread, bringing to halt many large to mid-sized cities along the Gulf Coast.

There have been inquiries whether FEZANA Welfare committee has been collecting funds for the people affected by this natural disaster.

FEZANA Welfare & Critical Assistance Committee is now requesting for your donations for helping the people affected by this calamity. You can donate online by clicking on the button below

Donate ONLINE
or send in your checks to FEZANA Welfare and Critical Assistance Committee’s attention by mailing it to

Shirin Jahanian
FEZANA Treasurer
P.O. Box 185 65 Kirkwood Road
Gibbsboro, NJ 08026-0185

Note:The funds collected will be used to help the people affected by this disaster but the final disposal of the funds collected will be at the discretion of FEZANA Welfare & Critical Assistance committee.

We thank you in advance of your anticipated generosity. For further information please feel free to contact, Hosi Mehta hosimehta@aol.com or Houtoxi Contractor huty.contractor@gmail.com


2017 Shahenshahi New Year

Photos of 2017 Shahenshahi New Year Function

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ZAGBA Summer Picnic

 

Picnic Photos

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Dear Members:

It’s time to have some Summer fun!!

ZAGBA is organizing its annual summer picnic on Saturday, July 15th.

So let’s get together and have some good times with great food, drinks, games, swimming & water sports. Feel free to bring your friends/family visiting you.

Note: Please come to the park latest by 11am to ensure you get parking and space availability.

(Rain Date: following Sat-July 22nd (same time)

Website and Directions for the Hopkinton State Parkhopkinton.park@state.ma.us

Parking is approx. $5 per car. Once you come in from the Main Entrance, continue straight on the main road (do not take any of the right turns) and you should end up at the main swimming area parking lot. 

Phone No. for the Park is 508-435-4303

Boating: You can rent Boats for boating for a nominal fee.  Please note that Boating is in a  different area of the park.  Once you enter the park, you can ask the Park Attendant for details if you are interested.

ZAGBA will provide the followingPizza and paper products.

Please bring any food (such as sandwiches, fruits, chips) that you and your family enjoy with some extra to share, along with condiments, such as ketchup/mustard.  ZAGBA will not be providing with any beverages, so please bring your own water and juices (such as Lemonade) for your family and some to share.

Items you may bring along to the picnic:  Frisbees, badminton, kites, board games, cards, bathing-suits, hats, sunscreen lotion, bug spray, towels, folding chairs and blankets to sit on.

Hope to see many of you on Saturday, July 15th.  Please RSVP at your earliest.

Warm regards,

ZAGBA Board

WZCC-NY PRESENTS AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUTH

WZCC PRESENTS

AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM
FOR YOUTH 5 – 18 YEARS BY

SPARK BUSINESS ACADEMY

WZCC–New York (NY) Chapter is pleased to announce its new initiative to bring Spark Business Academy to our Dar-e-Mehr and introduce our youth to the concept of entrepreneurship through a three-day program in financial education. WZCC-NY Chapter is the first Chapter to offer such an innovative program. Success here will allow WZCC to spread the initiative to other Chapters around the globe for the benefit of our youth.

Entrepreneurship is not taught in school, although children as young as 5 years engage in enterprising efforts like selling girl-scout cookies or setting up a lemonade stand, making it critical to develop financial literacy in our youth from an early age. Spark Business Academy does just that through their programs and activities tailored for different age groups starting at 5-9 years old.

Spark Business Academy (www.sparkbusinessacademy.com) will present a three-day program at our Dar-e-Mehr this summer from July 10-12.

To learn more about the program, curriculum and costs, please download the Sparks Brochure

Parents are welcome to attend, so long as their presence will not be a distraction for their child. Lunch and snacks will be provided, courtesy of WZCC-NY Chapter.

To encourage enrollment WZCC–NY Chapter shall reimburse an incentive of $100 each for the first 10 registrants, so HURRY AND REGISTER! For more information / questions, please contact Edul Daver at eduldaver@gmail.com/phone (908)756-5649; or contact a WZCC member at the May 7th religion class at our Dar-e-Mehr.

To sign up for this interesting program, please register no later than MAY 15, 2017 by downloading and completing the enrollment form and mailing your check, made out to Spark Business Academy, in the amount of $575* per child to,

Noshir Dutia, WZCC–NY Chapter Treasurer
2 Viking Court
Randolph, NJ 07869

Navroze March 2017 Photos

Nowruz​/Navroze Event March 25, 2017

Dear ZAGBA Community,
Due to an overwhelming response from our enthusiastic community, in the past week we, the ZAGBA Board have been struggling to get a new venue for the March 25th Navroze/Nowruz Event.  We finally succeeded in booking a new Venue.  
Please note, that now the March 25th Navroze/Nowruz Event WILL NOT BE HELD at the Sharon Community Center.  
Instead the event will now be held at the:

Saint James Armenian Apostolic Church 

465 Mount Auburn Street 
Watertown, MA 02472
 
 

Saint James Armenian Apostolic Church Parking: There is parking lot right at the venue which can accommodate 22 cars. Another additional parking lot is diagonally opp. to the Church(if you are facing the church, it is behind you to your left, or if you are coming on Mt. Auburn St., and the church(its a large property) falls on your right, then this additional parking lot will be a few yards ahead of the church, diagonally opp. to it. Also, there are several spots available on the street, provided you park in legal spots. (a Cop will be making rounds, we are told). Please store this parking information in your car/phone, as it will not be on the EVITE (We can only type in a limited number of words on an EVITE).

 
Updated EVITE will be sent: Please note that we will send an updated EVITE with the new address mentioned above.  This is not a new EVITE, so do not RSVP again, if you have already done so.   All those who have already sent their RSVPs are all set, provided your checks are in. The EVITE is now open to all those who need to RSVP and the cut off date is still March 7, 2017.  So all of you who were on the Wait List, or who could not RSVP last time, please do so now.
If your response is going to be a Maybe, then please do not RSVP until you are sure it is a Yes. (but before March 7th).
To all those who have RSVP’d and not mentioned your kid’s ages, please do so. 
 
Your Payments: If your checks are not received by March 7th, then even if you are on the EVITE, your registration will not be considered complete. This will be enforced, to be fair to all. No Exceptions.
Please make sure that your 2 separate checks, (i) Annual Membership & (ii) Dinner dues are sent to our Treasurer.
Thank you  all for your patience.  Look forward to seeing most of you now.
ZAGBA BOARD
Dear ZAGBA Community,
We have now closed the Evite, as we have reached full capacity.
Please read the instructions in this email and the one below on sending your checks by March 7th, 2017.
If your checks are not received by March 7th, then even if you are on the Evite list(within the 135 cutoff), your registration will not be considered complete.  The Board will then put the people on the “Wait List”, in your place and you will lose your registration.  This will be enforced, to be fair to all.
So a message to all the families who have already put their names on the ZAGBA Evite for the Navroze/Nowruz function, please make sure that your 2 separate checks, (i) Membership & (ii) Dinner dues are sent to our Treasurer.  (I have copied all the details on payment again for you below).
Also, many of you have not specified the ages of your kids.  Please make sure, we have them on the Evite & Checks.
Wait List:  For those who still want to come and got late in sending their RSVP, please inform ZAGBA’s Secretary, Yasmin Bhumgara at Bostonzagba@gmail.com, by way of a new email (please don’t hit reply to this one and send us a fresh email).
Yasmin is maintaining a Wait List and will put your name on it, and will inform you just incase a guest cancels their RSVP, or fails to make their payment on time. This Wait List will be in order of emails received by Yasmin.  First come First serve basis, only.  No exceptions.
Please note that by sending your name for the Wait List, it does not confirm your reservation to the Navroze/Nowruz function on March 25th, unless ZAGBA confirms it for you by email.
This old ‘hotmail’ email does not exist: We recently found out that some of you still have in your contacts, this old hotmail email: zagba@hotmail.com. Please make sure that you remove this address from your address book.  Even if the Evite for some reason shows this email(which it shouldn’t), ignore it.
ZAGBA’s correct email is, and has been for many years: Bostonzagba@gmail.com .
A Cut & Paste from the Evite on Dinner & Membership Dues:

Member-Dinner Rate*

$30.00–Per Adult

$25.00–Per Senior

$20.00–Full Time Students and Kids (ages 10-17 )

$15.00–Kids ages 5 to 9 years.

Free–All kids below 5 years

Non-Member Dinner Rate*

$10.00 extra per person in each of the above categories

*Late Fee: ZAGBA will charge $5.00 per person in all categories if your payment is not postmarked by 03/07/17.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds for any requests received by 03/07/17. No refunds after this date.

IMPORTANT: The registration cutoff date is Tuesday, March 7th.

In your RSVPs please let us know the age of each of your kids.

This is the first event of the 2017-2018 membership year.  Please make sure you send in your membership dues along with the Navroze/Nowruz event money.

Membership:

ZAGBA Membership rates for March 2017-18

$75 for family

$40 for individual

$25 for full-time student

$25 for individual senior (65 and above. For a couple who are both seniors, please pay $50)

Please mail your event and membership payments (SEPARATE CHECKS by March 7th.

All checks must be made payable to “ZAGBA” and mailed to: Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886

Thanks,

ZAGBA BOARD

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