2005-07-15 / Letters


Excellent Service at Peninsula Hospital

Dear Editor,

My family has been residents of the Rockaways for more than 50 years. My 86-year old dad-Sandy Moss recently had two hernia surgeries within 5 weeks. Both were done out-patient but on one occasion, he had to spend the night.

I have commended the hospital-by way of communicating directly to Robert Levine, Director, for the high degree of professional care and communication they provided at every step in the process. I was given up the minute and accurate information each time I communicated with staff during and after the surgeries. In addtion, there was never any confusion or delay in obtaining information.

This is particularly noteworthy in that I reside in California so my communication was strictly by telephone and email. At every point, I felt empowered with information that was valuable to me and to my mom-who was in the waiting room at the hospital.

The Wave should take note and inform the community of our experiences.


Letter To Lucev

The following letter was written to Wave columnist Emil Lucev, who writes the “Historical Views” column each week.

Dear Mr. Lucev,

When I lived in Rockaway in the 1940’s Robert Moses changed many roads. Around 1943-1944 an overpass was built from the plaza (Beach 94th to 95th Street) over the road to the boardwalk. I have a picture of myself sitting on the railing above the boardwalk. Shortly after, a fierce hurricane caused much damage and completely destroyed the overpass and it was never rebuilt. Do you have any information about that period of time? Robert Moses also cut one or two houses in half in order to build the road. Today the houses are still standing.

Rockaway was a great place to live and raise children. We went to the beach nearly every day and the kids could play all they wanted and still come home sandy but clean. In the ocean there used to be ropes to hold onto when you went swimming. Mostly the elderly took advantage.

Fishing was a great pastime on Jamaica Bay Bridge. Also boating in the bay and camping was on one of the islands on busy weekends when the beach was too crowded.

My friends Jackie, Elise and I graduated from P.S. 44 Queens in 1943 and we still keep in touch. It was always fun every Wednesday to go down to Beach 92nd Street to watch the fireworks and then walk through Playland. What a great time we had growing up and then raising our children in Rockaway.

We now live in Massapequa Park, but the ocean isn’t as nice as my faithful Rockaway Beach.

I would appreciate hearing from you.


No Parking is Not Fair

Dear Editor,

It is an outrage that our neighbors who have driveways for three to five cars do not allow parking in front of their homes. We see empty streets every weekend while we can’t invite our relatives to visit because there is no place to park.

What kind of selfish neighbors do we have here in the Rockaways? There appears to be special rules for the elite who might not want to mingle with the so-called “riff-raff.” We are people just like you that love to go to the beach in the summertime.

The paid parking section has been shortened by an annex to the subway station by the MTA.

The section beyond Waldbaums has been taken over by a huge police trailer and a parking lot for policepersons when they have their own parking lot at the 100th Precinct. We must take back the areas that we lost and/or give us a parking lot that is needed, and the inconsiderate neighbors should be willing to share their spaces on the streets.


Thank You 100 Precinct

Dear Editor,

A very special thank you must go out to Sgt. Komorsky, Officer Darcey, Officer Garcia and Officer Lavin, for the care and concern in regard to constant problems on the east side of Shore Front Parkway.

We had the honor of meeting all of them at the Police Community Council meeting on June 22. We expressed our fears – and they promised to help - and to date, they have done a super job.

We have so much to be proud of in these men who make the Rockaway Beach residents first, who respect and share concerns. And most of all for keeping Rockaway Beach safe day and night. You’re the best guys!

Welcome to Captain Neacy and good luck to Deputy Inspector Piekarski who is now at the 102 Precinct. Stay safe. We need you.




Simple Greed

Dear Editor;

It is with great dismay that I write this letter to inform my neighbors of the great disservice that is occurring at this time in our own neighborhood. Many of us purchased our beautiful homes in one of the most serene areas of Far-Rockaway, Bayswater. Therefore it is quite unfair that one of our own neighbors, located at 1435 Point-Breeze Place would choose to jeopardize our serenity and safety all in the name of the mighty dollar.

This two family home is being rented out as single rooms to recently released mental male patients. They can be seen roaming throughout Bayswater and standing outside this address. I feel has a home owner I have rights to protect my home as well as my safety. These individuals are in need of help but I really do not believe that they belong on my block, nor in my neighborhood.

I guess this homeowner feels that she is justified in doing this because of the large monthly payments she is receiving from the city to provide this service. She is totally disregarding her safety as well as the safety of her neighbors , all in the name of the mighty dollar. GREED, GREED, GREED!!!!!!! Fine but I say to her take it elsewhere out of my neighborhood.


Thanks PS 225

Dear Editor,

We are writing to praise P.S. 225Q and its staff. Our son Kevin attended Class K-169. His teachers Mrs. Caffrey and Ms. Madden and aide Ms. Hudson were great!

No one was too busy to answer a question. Ms. Hall, the parent coordinator, was very friendly and knowledgeable.

The nurses, Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Heym distributed Kevin’s medicine on time. They would call in advance when it was time for a refill.

Mr. Melchiorre and Dr. McBeth were always there to talk to. Mrs. Franklin, the security officer, knew every child’s name and their parents.

The speech and occupational therapist were extraordinary. The office and lunch staff were terrific.

A demonstration of how well the school was run was apparent when Kevin had perfect attendance during the school year. He loved P.S. 225 and class K-169.

Once again, thanks P.S. 225 for making Kevin’s learning experience was educational and fun! We look forward to September.


Caribbean Women’s

Health Association

Dear Editor,

The Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA) would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the article and pictures that you posted on our Annual Health Fair held on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway, New York. Your support contributed to the success of the event. Approximately 107 community residents received health related information.

Through our shared commitment to those we serve, let us continue to work collaboratively to strive to meet the needs of the community. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with you and your organization on future projects.



Ask What You Can Do For

Peninsula Hospital

Dear Editor,

As a lifelong resident of the Rockaway community, and having been treated a number of times in Peninsula Hospital Center, as well as being admitted to the hospital, having ambulatory surgery, and other surgical procedures, I felt necessary to reply to a letter published by The Wave, written by J.A. I wish to make a few comments.

It is quite apparent the writer, must be a member of the nursing union who is representing the nurses in Peninsula. No one except a union member would be able to dig up so many half-truths.

The writer professes to live on the West End of the community, which I doubt, and states that the community may not have a hospital to go to soon. If this is the case, the writer should do a little fact finding. You can blame the federal, state and city government for the cuts in Medicaid and Medicare. Today’s hospitals depend on the reimbursements they receive from the government agencies to cover the cost of the care provided to their patients.

How do they pay their employees? How are they expected to pay their bills? Are the nurses ready to take a loss in pay if the hospitals do not receive their fare share? One solution would be to cut salaries the same amount of money Medicaid and Medicare pay. The writer also complained that the hospital boasts about the new equipment that they have obtained and the new services they administer to their patients. Much of the equipment comes through grant money from the government, private grants, and donations from the hospital benefactors. If the hospital does not keep their services up to date they cannot maintain the modern advancements in medicine.

If the writer is so concerned about how the hospitals spend money on equipment and services, she or he is living in another world.

I am a union man. I believe in unions. I also believe that it is the responsibility of the union to contact our politicians and help the hospital rectify the dilemmas caused by the president down to the locally elected leaders of the federal, state and city government, who represent our community, to find a solution, and stop criticizing the hospital administration. The administration is doing the best it can under the circumstances it has been forced into. J.A.’s solution is to take the $10,000 increase proposed by management, and then look for another job. This is not the solution. Throwing barbs at the hospital is also not the solution.

Almost the all the not-for-profit hospitals are feeling the same crunch. Saint Vincent’s Hospital on West 12 Street and Parkway Hospital have both filed for Chapter 11 and the union has placed ads in the paper blaming hospital administrations. Saint Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn has also threatened to close their doors because they are losing money.

J.A. – unlike you, I am not afraid to have my name or what area I live mentioned. I am proud in what I stand for. President John F. Kennedy said these words at his first inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for the country.”

I would like to change some of his words – “Ask not what Peninsula Hospital Center can do for you, ask what you can do for Peninsula Hospital and community.” It is imperative that the union, community and hospital work together to correct the problems the medical community is facing.

It is also the people like J.A. who cannot give a concrete answer of how to help and support the hospital. And lastly you cannot expect the benefactors, to maintain the hospital, with financial support on their own. Angels on the Bay, the modernized ER, a radiology department which is rated as one of the best in the city and state, we should be proud of, have all been made possible by benefactor, the new doctor’s lounge where doctors can relax or study has also been made possible by a benefactor. It is also up to the community to give a helping hand.

Built in 1958, Peninsula Hospital, formerly known as Rockaway Beach Hospital, has served the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, South Brooklyn and the Five Towns in Nassau County with the latest and up to date medical care. Lets make sure it stays as a shining example of a community dedicated to the health and welfare of the Rockaway Peninsula.


PHC Is Great

Dear Editor,

The letter of “JA-RN” which was published in the July 8 edition of your paper must be responded to because of it’s over the top negativity.

The books of Peninsula Hospital Center are open for inspection by any responsible individual or group.

There are several classes of volunteers who believe very strongly in PHC, all of whom serve without financial compensation.

The Board of Directors

The Community Council (of which I am a member)

The many volunteers who move about the hospital making the patients as comfortable as possible as well as those who man the retail stores, etc, etc.

Volunteers who participate in fund raising.

PHC has been met with a declining patient population largely attributable to the careless article in “Cain’s” magazine stating, in substance, that PHC, a “Brooklyn Hospital” was going to close.

Last year PHC operated at a very substantial deficit. Be aware that virtually all hospitals are experiencing financial difficulties, some quite severe, leading, in some cases, to bankruptcy and in some cases, closing.

It is only through the efforts of Administration, Robert Levine, the President and C.E.O., in particular, that PHC has become one of the better Voluntary Community Hospitals. I would not hesitate to be a patient (as I have been through three surgeries) to recommend it to family, friends, and neighbors.

In an emergency it is “The only game in town” and in view of Rockaway’s expanding population becomes ever more necessary.


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