2005-05-13 / Letters



Thank you so much for publishing the story on my work to produce “Patricia Picks” for national wireless broadcasting. Many of your readers pitched in with thousands of votes for the proposed program. That really makes me feel great to see my hometown backing me with so much enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone for the helping hand!

In the meantime, I hope everyone realizes that they need to register no later then May 30 to vote in this summer’s finals! The details are at www.getvcast.com . That includes information on the $3000 prize Verizon is awarding in a random drawing of all voters at the end of the competition August 9!


Thank You Rockaway

Vendors and Residents

Dear Editor,

Recently, the Rockaway community has been inundated with letters and face-to-face appeals from P.S. 183 Principal Renee Peart and Jackie Stillwell, the Parent Coordinator, requesting donations to the P.S. 183 Musical Instrument Program.

In an attempt to give the P.S. 183 students an after-school instrument program, staff members have asked the community to pledge $1 to $5 individually and have previously displayed a wall of the pledges within the school. They have also created an on-going redeemable can and bottle contest for the students, in which every 1-2 months competition allows two classes with the highest totals a pizza party for their efforts. At the end of each school year, a third class is surprised as well.

The new effort for receiving assistance, has been in the form of a letter requesting a contribution from local politicians, vendors, churches and organizations and P.S. 183 wishes to thank every contributor for their gracious response.

This drive for instrument support will continue and on Thursday, May 26, 2005, at 6 p.m. a representative from Congressman Meeks office will appear at the school’s Spring Concert with a check of matching funds for whatever amount of monies that have been raised for our Rockaway elementary children.

P.S. 183’s new principal has great plans to expand the education and artistic opportunities for this school and believes that the changes being made in the school will certainly lead to a positive future for the families in the Rockaways.


DOE Makes EL More Difficult

The following letter was written by Barry Nisman, the Executive Director of the On Our Way Learning Center/ Beach 19 Street.

To Parents of the Rockaway Peninsula:

The NYC Early Intervention Program funds special services for children, infant thru 3 years of age. This could involve speech therapy, special instruction, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more, and can be provided on site in our program or in the child’s home or another family member’s home.

This year the NYC EL program has changed its regulations. All programs contracted to provide services, such as On Our Way, cannot advertise and give you, the parent/guardian, our program’s phone number. They are requiring that you call 311, the non emergency resource number of NYC, and to ask the operator to connect you with the Queens Early Intervention Office.

A call would be made if you feel your child is suffering from a delay, or your doctor has advised you to do so. You will need to be clear with the operator that you want the Queens Early Intervention Program, and when you connect with them you will be asked where you live and what programs are in proximity to you. Evaluations given by approved sites such as On Our Way will continue to be at no cost to the parent and services, if approved, will also be at no cost to the family. The funding for EI is from the NYS DOH and the NYC Depart of Health and Mental Health, EIP.

Parents have complained that calling 311 is an inconvenience, but we are not permitted to advertise our phone number and we ask you to be patient as you seek proper care for your children.”


Thank You Peninsula

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank the staff of Peninsula Hospital and Peninsula Center for Rehabilitation. Our mom is back to her fun loving self and is days away from returning home.



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