by Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, 23rd A.D. Part B
Congratulations to newly appointed interim acting Superintendent Matt Bromme. We wish you great success. We know that you are definitely capable of taking on this major task to improve the educational system in District 27. Congratulations and good luck.
Neponsit Daycare program, now located at the Young Israel on Beach 9 street, has had three break-ins. Beware of anyone trying to sell computers or fax machines.
Last Tuesday evening we attended the Neponsit Property Owners annual meeting. One of the guest speakers was Robert Vs Levine, president and CEO of Peninsula Hospital Center. He spoke about the new Angels on the Bay pediatric unit. Bob Levine is a miracle worker who in less than four years turned Peninsula Hospital around to be the A-1 class hospital in our community.
Dr. Andres Vianna, associate director of Pediatrics, spoke about the excellent treatment they give children in the pediatric unit. She told about the reclining chairs reserved for parents who are permitted to spend the night near their children. She spoke eloquently. You can tell her love for children.
Maureen Sullivan R.N., nurse manager of Pediatrics, commented that all her nurses have a love for children. The pediatric ward is decorated with angel fish since we are a waterfront community. The murals are on children's eye level. Joan Gemez R.N., director of Nursing, was also present.
A beautiful children's room was donated by Nancy Vardakis and her husband. Nancy, a Neponsit resident and board member, expressed her gratitude to Peninsula Hospital for the treatment given to her mom, herself and her husband, who is undergoing treatment. Nancy has a lot of love and respect for the Peninsula staff.
Peninsula Hospital has a 24 hour pediatrician on staff, not on call. Don't hesitate to bring your child there.
We are saddened by the loss of a woman we called the mayor of Beach 116 street. Eileen King worked in the laundromat on Beach 116 street. She helped the Msgr. Ferris center, a program which offered unwed mothers an alternative to abortion. She gave many hours of community service at this program. Eileen always had a pleasant smile and kind words for everyone. We often passed each other six to 10 times a day and every time she said, "It must be election time." We will all miss Eileen's wonderful heart and smile. May she rest in peace.
One of the highlights of the mass for John F. Kennedy jr. was the great singing of Sister Mary Beata, who sang Our Lady of Knock. Her voice is exceptional. She definitely has a gift and talent. God bless you Sister and thank you for all the things you do for our community.
In the wee hours on Thursday morning last week, a number of cars were burglarized in the area near the Beach Club. Car radios were stolen and windshields were broken. The problem is lighting isn’t adequate on Beach 116 street due to a slow moving contractor. We have reached out to DOT which made a commitment to speed up the project and get temporary lights.
We would like to thank Queens Parks Commissioner Richard Murphy for his excellent response in cleaning up garbage near the beach wall on Beach 149 street that hadn't been cleaned for several weeks.
On Saturday evening coming back from block parties in Woodhaven and Ozone Park, my car broke down on Crossbay boulevard just south of the North Channel bridge. The water pump broke and caused the radiator to overheat and the belt to break. We lost power steering but managed to get into the parking lot. The area is a dead zone for my cell phone and I spent 30 minutes trying to get through to an overworked staff at the GEICO road service. Thanks to the tow truck which came promptly when called and to Sara Berger for coming to our rescue and driving us home.
Congratulations to Donna Marie Caltabiano, who was elected president of the Woodhaven branch of the Friends of the Queens Library. As a former representative of Public Advocate Mark Green on the Queens Library Board, the libraries have always been near and dear to me. When I was 12, there was a plan to close the Arverne library near my home. I joined the successful fight to save it. We were part of the fight to keep the Seaside library open.
We must fight so all our Queens libraries have adequate hours, resource materials, books and computers for the challenges of the 21 century. We advocate having libraries open seven days a week.
Membership in the Good Government Regular Democratic Club is one way of keeping up with what is going on all over our community. Family membership is $25, single $15, and $12 for seniors and Young Dems. Send your dues to the club at 112-20 Beach Channel drive, Rockaway Park 11694.
If you have any comment or questions about this column, or need he help with a community problem call my office.