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COMMUNITY VOICE: Wishes Granted

Dean Minelli and donors Robert DePow and Sal DiMauro present bike to Nasaria Paulino

Recently, a little girl asked Dean Minelli, of the Armory Restaurant in Perth Amboy, for a glass of water. When this request was repeated for a number of days he inquired as to why the little girl was wandering along the waterfront. The girl, Nasaria Paulino, age 9 explained that she used to love to ride her bike there but it was lost in the horrendous State Street fire. Actually, everything she owned was lost but she especially missed her beloved bike.

Dean sprang into action and took up a donation to buy Nasaria a new bike. He purchased a beauty, a lovely teal and white one that any little girl would love.

As he was presenting the bike to Nasaria, Cathy DePow was taking pictures of the event and noticed a sad boy off to the side. When she inquired, she learned that he was Nasaria’s brother Jose, age 13. When quizzed, he replied that he had not lost a bike. Further questioning prompted him to say that he loved skate boarding but his skate board was lost in the fire. Immediately, patrons of the Armory dug into their pockets and anonymously presented cash so he too could have his wish.

The Paulino family; parents Lisa and Rafael, daughter Nasaria and son Jose Rafael *photos submitted

Who says the world isn’t filled with good people ?

Cathy DePow

Perth Amboy

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