After reading what Nadine wrote in her own journal, I think I need to say something too. I'll try to keep this as brief as possible, as I think I've already share my opinion in the past. As some of you may know, back in July I left the Afterstreamers. I tried to stay as close as I could to the friends I made in the group, and even met up with some of you guys when NYCC came around. I thought the group had changed, and I didn't feel comfortable where we had gotten. I joined this group back in February/March of last year, and I was blown away with what I saw. A bunch of friends getting together after a Tina or Ray stream, and just hanging out. Sometimes we'd play GTA or Halo, or whatever, we'd have fun. Lately though, I've realized that as we'd grown, somehow we've shrunk. Now, it seems like the AS has subgroups to it. When I rejoined the group in October, I thought I was doing the right thing, and that I'd enjoy my time again, but I was wrong. I joined for a selfish purpose, because I wanted to be a part of Rooster Rumble, which we haven't done almost anything with. I miss the days when I could join a game night with a bunch of people goofing around in Halo or building a ton of shit in Minecraft. I wasn't able to attend RTX this year, but from what I've heard, a lot of people had a great time, though I've still heard some stories about this cliqueiness going on even there. I'm definitely going to be there in 2016, and I can't wait to see everybody there, but I'm still scared. I want to be able to share experiences with all of the friends I've made here and have a great time with all of you. Unfortunately, I don't know if that'll happen. I know many of you wont care, but I've been considering leaving again. I don't feel like the group is how it was before and I don't like it. I really hope that somehow things can get better.
3 years agoGameMaher Boring
Hey all, I wanted to let everyone know what has been going on with me lately if I've seemed distant to anyone. About two months ago my grandfather broke his hip and had to be admitted to the hospital. He had already been in and out of different hospitals every few months since I entered highschool a few years ago. And now, my grandfather has passed away at the age of 84 yesterday, at around 3pm EST. These next few weeks are going to be difficult for me, I will be spending my time trying to comfort my mother, grandmother, and the rest of the family members who were close to him. I've never lost anyone this way before, and I feel like something is wrong. I'm unsure of my own emotions at this time, I now have to live without a man I've known my entire life, and has always been there for me, even when he was ill. Below this I am attaching a tribute towards my grandfather, written by a good friend and old coworker of his the Yonkers Police Department Ret. Chief George Rutledge, for anyone interested in learning about the man who helped me throughout my life. Things will never be the same without him. Thank you for reading.
Albert Mario Cicalo was born in the City of Yonkers on August 10, 1931. He attended local public schools and graduated from Yonkers HS. On August 15, 1951 Al joined the Air Force during the Korean War, served as a Corporal, and was honorably discharged on March 4, 1952.
Following the military Al joined the Teamsters union and worked as a truck driver. However, his wish was granted when he was appointed to the police department, along with 14 others, on October 1, 1956. A resident of 95 Claredon Avenue, Al’s salary was $3,780 a year and his first assignment was patrol in the 2nd precinct.
In 1958, following plans to re-establish a previously abolished Emergency Service Unit, Al was selected and trained by the NYPD ESU instructors at Randalls Island in the city. On August 20, 1958 PO Cicalo was officially assigned to the new Accident Emergency Investigation (AIE) and later renamed ESU. He worked in ESU for 8 years and then on November 9, 1966 he was returned to patrol in the 2nd precinct.
Al was rewarded for his police work when, on February 23, 1968, he was appointed a Detective in the Detective Division.
In October of 1975 he was named president of the Italian City Club, and was the General Chairman of the Columbus Day Celebration Committee. Al was also very proud when his son, Michael Cicalo was appointed a Yonkers police officer and later a detective.
As a young man, Al played catcher in the minor leagues and soon after he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. During his tenure in the Police Department and even in his retirement years, Al was very active in the community. He helped found the North Yonkers Boys Club and was very involved with local politics. Al was Vice President of the Yonkers P.B.A., past president of the Italian City Club, Chairman of the Columbus Day Celebration Committee and the Heart Ball.
Det Albert Cicalo Sr. Retired from the YPD on April 1, 1981 and worked for several years as a car salesman for Lincoln Park Mercury on South Broadway. Being retired for over 30 years Al was enjoying his retirement.
But, after more than 30 years in retirement Al became ill. He fought long and hard but on September 7, 2015 he lost his battle and died.
Rest In Peace Al.
Friends may call at the Sinatra Memorial Home, 601 Yonkers Ave. on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9PM.
Funeral mass at Mt. Carmel Church on Friday at 10AM.
Committal service at Ferncliff Chapel.
The family would like to extend special gratitude to the doctors and staff of St. John's Hospital, St. Joseph Rehabilitation, especially Ed, and Calvary Hospital
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