The Paganelli name has been synonymous with community pharmacy in New York City since 1917 and is still going strong. Three generations of Paganelli owned pharmacies have proudly served the Bronx community. In 1917, having arrived from Italy only 5 years earlier with the dream of studying medicine, the late Grandpa Armand graduated from Fordham University College of Pharmacy. Though he could not have known it at the time, he was opening the first chapter of what would become a rich tale of the American Dream. Upon graduation from Fordham, he began working at a pharmacy in the Italian section of Morris Ave. in the Bronx. He worked there until 1930 when he opened Farmacia Paganelli, which was located on the corner of Morris Ave. and 151st St. He owned and operated this pharmacy until his passing in 1972. During this time, Armand & his wife Elizabeth raised two children, Dolores & Roger. Both continued the work of serving the healthcare needs of their community. Dolores was a leading obstetrician & gynecologist and Roger is the founder of Mt. Carmel Pharmacy.
As a young boy, Roger worked in his father's pharmacy. He attended Dewitt Clinton High School and later attended his father's alma mater, Fordham Pharmacy, graduating in 1954. For the next ten years, Roger worked as a pharmacist in Farmacia Paganelli. During this time, he married the late Carmela "Babe" Monteleone. Roger & Babe had six children: Dolores, Armand, Janet, Roger, Jr., Helen, and Michael.
In April of 1964, Roger Sr. purchased the former Julie's Pharmacy on the corner of East 187th Street and Beaumont Ave in the Little Italy Section of the Bronx. Roger Sr. began Mt. Carmel Pharmacy and continued to serve his community for the coming decades. He served on the Executive Board of the Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York, was the President of the Italian American Pharmacist Society, President of Fordham Pharmacy Alumni, and President of Kiwanis Club of Rye, NY. Before his death in 1998, Roger Sr. owned a total of 5 pharmacies in the Bronx and Westchester.
From an early age, each of Roger & Babe's three sons, Armand, Roger, and Michael showed a strong interest in the family business. They would spend weekends and summer vacations working in the store, learning the ropes and gaining an appreciation for the type of dedication and commitment it takes to be caring and community minded businessmen. These years proved to be tremendous training grounds for the brothers. They attended Rye High School in Westchester and during these and their college years, they continued working for the family business. In the late 80's, the boys began helping to manage the business. In January of 1992, the three sons purchased Mt. Carmel Pharmacy from their father.
Roger Jr. graduated from St. John's University College of Pharmacy in 1987. He is the supervising pharmacist at Mt. Carmel. His wife, Joanne, is also a pharmacist. They have five children and live in Rye, NY. Armand attended Syracuse University and studied theater. He handles all of the daily business activities as well as community relations and community outreach programs. He and his wife Janice reside in Ossining, NY with their 4 children. Michael, the youngest, attended St. John's University College of Pharmacy and handles various special needs accounts as well as day to day operations. He and his wife Regina reside in Rye Brook, NY with their 2 children. Aside from their involvement in the pharmacy, they have a growing real estate business in which they are partners with their three sisters. All three brothers are active members of the New York State Pharmaceutical Society, New York City Pharmaceutical Society, and the Italian American Pharmacists Society.
The Paganelli brothers have shown their commitment to the community in many ways over the years. They have flourishing relationships with St. Barnabas Hospital, Fordham University, the Belmont Senior Citizen Organization, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and the local Community Board. They provide such free services as blood-pressure checkups, diabetes and cholesterol monitoring, as well as free delivery to homebound customers.
Since 1993, the Paganelli's have provided a Thanksgiving feast for anyone who wants to attend. This has taken place at St. Martin of Tours Gym on Crotona Ave. They have fed entire families, homeless, elderly, and the sick. They even deliver the meals to homebound people. This past year they served over 1200 people. They provide all of the gifts as well as the food and Santa Claus for the Christmas party for the over 400 children that attend religious education classes at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in the neighborhood. They provide the children's entertainment for the 48th Precinct Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day. They fully sponsor the Fordham University Athletic Departments Toys for Tots Drive as well as being a major supporter of the Campus Ministry programs and Athletic Department at Fordham University. Perhaps the greatest example of their commitment to the community is the Annual Christmas Spectacular that they have been running since 1994. This is an event that a has become a neighborhood tradition. School groups travel from throughout the Bronx to partake in this Holiday theme event which includes a horse drawn trolley ride through the neighborhood, a petting zoo, singing and dancing, pony rides and a visit with Santa. This past season, over 4500 school children visited the event. They also started the Heroes Holiday Parade in 1991, honoring the men and women of the FDNY, PDNY, EMT and the Armed Forces of the United States. This event has grown into a major neighborhood celebration, culminating with a community Christmas caroling where hundreds participate.
The Arthur Ave. Merchants Assn. has honored Mt. Carmel Pharmacy and the Paganelli Family as Merchants of the Year and The City of New York has honored them with a City Council Citation as well as the Mayor's Office Citation for Community Service.
Armand, Roger, & Michael Paganelli believe, like they were taught by their predecessors, that honest, friendly, personal service is the cornerstone of a successful business. This is their pledge to all that they do business with, and they look forward to serving you.