(The following letter was sent to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Peninsula Hospital Center chief Robert Levine.)
I am writing you this letter just to let you know that I have read The Wave this weekend and I read the article on the possible closing of PHC. I was both appalled and outraged that the newspaper Crains, a highly respected newspaper, would print such malicious lies about PHC.
Recently, I was an inpatient at PHC extended care center. I was there from August 19, 2004 until I was discharged on February 11, 2005 for rehabilitation services.
The care that they gave me was the greatest. The staff was extremely kind and courteous. The service that they provided was not always the greatest but with today’s nursing shortage that is expected. The food also wasn’t always the greatest but what could you expect – after all, it is hospital food.
I am writing you this letter to ask you to do all that you can do and that is within your power to do to see that this hospital remains open.
No Obligation To Interact
To The Editor:
While I am sure that your editorial about the recent anti-Semitic incidents at Mercaz Hatorah was intended as constructive, it missed the point.
True tolerance is having respect for people who are different, who you may not understand, and who you may never meet. The perpetrators of this crime should be tolerant of the Yeshiva and ambulance service, whether or not they ever meet the students and Rabbis to discuss their differences.
The Yeshiva has no obligation to interact with their neighbors, and it is their deeply held religious belief not to do so, due to a conservative policy on interaction between the sexes and other reasons. If other people don’t like that, they can live somewhere with no Jewish community.
The fact is that there are Orthodox Jews in Belle Harbor, and the geography of the Peninsula makes it a logical place for this vibrant New York City Community to live. The neighbors have no choice but to accept a diverse population amongst them.
Peninsula Must Stay
As a long time resident of the Rockaways, I feel it is not only a vital necessity but a privilege to have Peninsula Hospital in our community.
Over the year, Peninsula has been serving the medical and emergency needs not only of my family but of my friends and my neighbors.
Recently, I underwent a medical procedure at Peninsula Hospital. It was performed in a highly professional manner by the doctors and by a warm caring nursing staff in a sanitary, clean environment. This made the experience so much more pleasant and bearable.
I am grateful that our community has Peninsula Hospital. Long may it continue to serve our community as it has in the past, present and in the approaching future.
And The School Systems
I recently read a reply in The Wave letters to the editor concerning the differences in the public school system and Catholic schools. I was deeply concerned, as being a Protestant myself and family. I think the differences aren’t of faith structures in either school, but one of parental control of their children and morals as a vast majority of public school children go to CCD across the peninsula as Protestants go to weekly services for their children’s Bible studies and uplifting in one’s faith. The truth is it’s not any school’s job to teach your children everything.
It is the parents and the home life which really contribute to a child’s development. As the home life is the backbone, the living of one’s faith is being passed down from generation to generation. Home life teaches a child their value in society. We expect teachers to raise our children and blame them for any fault with a child – either grades or attitude – when in fact it is the parents’ responsibility. In the Bible it states, “to raise a child the way they should go and they will.”
Teachers and all schools today have long extended curriculum with before and after school programs to enrich children academically and socially, helping them to challenge themselves and to grow. But you can’t blame school for everything. Parents mold the attitude of their children, their likes, dislikes, arrogance, pride or their feelings of inadequacy. Parents are in control of television, computers, radio, newspapers, homework time and study time. Parents control discipline. Neither school system is the responsible party for that.
Bias Is About Hate Learned
In the Editorial “Often, Separation Breeds Hate And Bias Crimes” in the
3/18/05 Wave disturbed me. The editorial forgot to include that bias crimes have been around for as long as prostitution has been a profession.
Separation is one of the choices democracy grants. Sending your children to public, private school, Yeshiva, or Catholic school is what America stands for, choices. Having these choices does not make bias crimes.
Bias crimes are due to hate learned and that does not change if a meeting takes place between the locals. Bias crimes are crimes and should be investigated. Usually the person that does the bias crime is not one that
would be at the local meeting, unless it is ok to bring the spray can. Not!
Let’s get the person that did the crime and make an example to deter other bias crimes. The only way to stop crimes is to stop them in action, or to catch the criminal later. Criminals don’t learn to be a better person and live to love diversity by attending a local meeting. Criminals don’t attend meetings. They are doing crime during that time! Stop blaming the parents that send their children to a school that separates them from
others. This is not a blame game. The community should care to solve the
problem, not blame the community for its traditions. No parent would take their child out of a good private school to a bad public school to solve
the bias crime acts. Come on!
By the way, I researched where to live based on where the good public schools are and if I can afford to live there. My kids go to public school as I did. However I don’t have any problems with other parents that send their kids to other schools. As I believe in democracy and choice. In Iraq, barbers are being killed if they choose to shave beards and imagine if you had no choice of a hairstyle or for woman to even show their hair in public. Don’t forget how lucky you are and it is about choices.
North Fork Bank Schedule
After many consultations, my organization has decided to give the North Fork Bank at least 90 days to see if the Monday/Wednesday/ Friday schedule that will start April 4, 2005 a chance to see if the new days and hours will be sufficient to the community needs. We feel that this is only fair since the bank has been very considerate during this difficult period. Therefore our “wait and see approach” is warranted at this time. We look forward to a very successful bank experience over the next several months. I still have reservations about the new days and hours. I will keep all options open until I see the results of a survey which I will do during this period. We all look forward to a good summer. Hopefully April Fool’s Day will turn out to be a good day and not a joke.
FLOYD SMITH III
CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR THE ROCKAWAYS
Great Care At Peninsula
(The following letter was sent to Robert Levine, CEO of Peninsula Hospital Center.)
As a frequent visitor to Peninsula Hospital, I have to remark on how pleased I was during my stay as an outpatient on November 18, 2004. On this date, I had a cataract surgery performed by Dr. Fishkin of your eye clinic. The surgery was done on time, the people in the ACU were very attentive and the people in the recovery room were great as well. Following this, I had to return for post-op care. The people in the registration area were very concerned and again, the treatment I received was wonderful. I remain a patient of the eye clinic, and remain very pleased with the attention I am given.
Later, on December 7, 2004, I had a slight accident and found myself in the emergency room for x-rays. I was seen almost immediately upon my arrival, and received the staff’s utmost attention.
While I travel from the Five Towns area to use your facilities, and there are local hospitals here I can use, I feel so comfortable at Peninsula that another hospital just isn’t an option.
Thanks to you and your staff for making me feel comfortable and at ease each time I visit. I have never had a bad experience in your facility.
The following letter was sent by the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways to Crain’s New York in support of Peninsula Hospital Center.
The recent article that appeared in Crain’s New York Business (February 21, 2005) has unfairly maligned the reputation and misrepresented the financial condition of the Peninsula Hospital Center. Clearly, in today’s complicated health care environment, institutions face many challenges due to the ever changing economy, government and insurance regulations and a confusing array of health care choices for patients. In these scenarios, Peninsula Hospital is no different. However, with a few words, in an article that clearly was poorly researched, the Hospital’s imminent demise was predicted by the nameless CEO’s of other institutions. In a process that would be akin to having your competitor assess your financial situation, Peninsula’s fate, it seemed, was sealed. The only things missing were the facts.
In conversations with Peninsula Hospital CEO Robert Levine, he assured us that yes, like the vast majority of other hospitals and health care facilities, Peninsula was adapting to operating in an arena of diminishing Medicaid and Medicare payments as well as reduced government subsidies, but that the claims recently published were simply untrue.
Peninsula Hospital has long been a provider of quality health care for the Rockaways as well as Rockaway’s largest employer. It would seem to be a great injustice to the doctors, staff and administration to counter their efforts with a few misplaced words. Even as these words are being written, Governor Pataki is proposing Draconian budget cuts that will add to Peninsula’s burden. With the prospect of approximately 25,000 additional residents coming to Rockaway in the next few years, the hospital’s importance to the community is further underscored. It would be a more efficient and worthwhile use of our time to give Peninsula Hospital the support it has earned and certainly deserves.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
91 Years Young
I spoke to a member of your staff about a month ago, to let her know who I am and why I called.
My mother, my two sisters and myself lived above The Wave building, when we were the ages of 5, 8 and 10. I am the middle one. Our address was 87-15 and a little on the side of The Wave.
I am now 91 years young and of pretty fair health, very active and all that jazz. Beatrice and Shirley are the names of my sisters, Grace my mother. Only Shirley and I are still on Earth.
My husband, John, was a peace time soldier, attached to Fort Tilden, where we lived many years later.
I have a few important errands to do today, so I have to cut this short. I will make it up soon, as I can tell you about so many people, places and things. Thank you for listening.
A Tribute To The Wave
As I rode on the boulevard one day last week,
I passed the old Wave building, my voice couldn’t speak.
Such an awesome sight came before my eyes,
‘Twas though clouds fell from behind the skies.
87-11 was being razed, why? I thought, then, my senses were dazed,
As I remember that building with respect and pride,
The weekly newspapers were published with each moon’s new tide.
Such fond memories that I can recall,
Like election returns on a screen on another building’s wall
The trolley cars passed by in front of The Wave,
Like all old good friends, these too found a grave.
Mr. Murray with Mr. Brown and his capable crew,
Kept the presses humming with news old and new.
Make way for progress is an old battle cry,
But oh! How progress today, made me sigh.
Now 87-11 is gone from it’s original site,
The paper now has a home to befit its great might.
So now when I pass the old printing place,
Memories will light up a smile on my face.
Goodbye old stone stucco and wood,
Can’t forgive progress I sure wish I could.
Yes, I’ll always remember this grand fourth estate,
The freedom of the press made The Wave so great.
You may think I’m simple and have half a brain,
But such fond memories help to keep me quite sane.
This little poem made me feel better,
So I’ll send it along with this letter.
The Women’s Initiative of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) celebrated the Women’s Industrial League on March 26, 1991, honoring the WISL for 60 years of service to their community. Mrs. Eleanor Beatrice-Hull was founder of this organization with fourteen other women in 1931.
Mrs. Hull was the first African American women to own and operate the Eleanor B. Hull’s Employment Agency located in the station plaza of Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, NY. This group purchased a building in Far Rockaway at 1428 Beach Channel Drive in 1935. They received a charter to operate in 1936; many organizations such as schools, hospitals and churches have been helped by the women’s industrial league. Mrs. Hull served the league from 1931 to 1940.
This group is planning a scholarship luncheon in May of this year, please watch for the announcement.