2001-01-27 / Columnists

From The G-Man...by Gary G. Toms

From The G-Man...by Gary G. Toms

Honoring Heroes And Healers

Hey people! In future columns I will be taking time out to acknowledge some very special individuals, and organizations, that have been making enormous contributions to the Rockaway community. This comes as result of the many letters I have received from people who want to let the residents know about certain services and programs that are available to them.

The Samaritan Hands Multi-Service Community Center of the Rockaways is one example of these outstanding programs. Located inside the St. John Baptist Church, 74-05 Rockaway Beach boulevard, the center was established to reach out to the community and to bring to focus the need for different services / programs in our area. The center offers outreach programs such as:

Drug and Alcohol Abuse – This program provides the community with information on intervention and prevention of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. This information will be provided to participants in the form of counseling, workshops, lectures and small group discussions.

The Neighborhood Outreach to the Elderly and Victims of Crime Program provides services to elderly people and victims of crime. Information on companion services, free food programs, ambulette services, banking information and security awareness are provided, along with workshops and group discussions for education and awareness.

The Mercy College Extension Course Program allows individuals to have an opportunity to further their educational background when the tuition fees of larger institutions cannot be met. Moreover, The Reading and Math Recognition Program focuses on administering tutorial services for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

The facility also offers information and referral services concerning schools, health providers, rehabilitation and employment services and more.

If you would like to take advantage of some of the services outlined, please call the St. John Baptist Church, (718) 474-6484, and ask for Jimmy Stillwell or Elder James D. Williams, DD Pastor. You can also send an email to Mr. Williams at JandJStillwell@aol.com. If you are someone in need, don’t be afraid to reach out because they are definitely reaching out for you.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank a few people who have really gone to bat for The G-man over the last several weeks. It seems my name has been tossed around as a candidate for a major position in the Rockaway area, and these people have been staunch advocates for yours truly. I want to send big hugs to Curtis Archer, Fern Zagor, Zandra Myers, Harvey Gordon and Ed Williams. I am honored and humbled by your support.

If you have any complaints or concerns that are not being addressed in an appropriate or timely manner, please feel free to write to me, and I will see what I can do, as a journalist, to help you. If I can take on the federal government, politicians and city agencies through my column, I certainly don’t have a problem helping those in need from the community. What can I say? I’ve always been a rebel rouser, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I would also like to offer my services in the areas of public relations and consulting if anyone should need such a person. Many readers have asked if I would consider helping them in these areas, so I decided to throw the offer out there to see what happens. I have toyed with the idea of starting or joining a company, but I think I’d like to do the freelance "thingy" first. Unless of course, someone makes me an offer I can’t refuse. Hey, if my colleague Dorothy Dunne can advertise, so can I.

I would close by saying, "Go Giants", but I’m still mad at them for dogging Phil Simms the way they did. I’m a huge Simms fan. Anyway, enjoy the Super Bowl, and save me a "Bud". I’ll stop by your house to pick it up, and you’d better let me in. Don’t make me stand outside waiting like you did last year, and don’t even try to serve me that nasty tofu and banana dip! I had "the runs" for months.

See you next week!

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