2007-03-30 / Letters

Cost Cuts On Bridges Dear Editor,

Suggestion for 2007 tolls on the two Rockaway bridges: they should be collected in one direction, only twice. This will reduce labor costs for the TBA.


Saddened By His Death

Dear Editor,

Rockaway residents sustained a great loss this week with the tragic death of Dr. Gerald Zweifler. He was a caring, funny, and exceptional dentist. I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news on Friday morning. All my life I had problems with my teeth, and I've been to a slew of dentists,

I was so relieved when I finally found Dr. Zweifler. He was a dentist you weren't afraid of…he was personable, gentle and very funny- and most importantly, he was a great dentist! I just brought my five year old to his office recently, after getting no results from a special "pediatric" dentist...I was so impressed with how my son was treated that I was raving on and on to anyone who would listen.

I am saddened at the loss for our community. He was a gem. My prayers to his family, who he spoke of often, also to his friends, and his staff, and lastly his patients. I, as a patient, will miss him dearly.


Looking Forward

To More Predictions

Dear Editor,

Hours after viewing Robert Sarnoff's "Editorial Comment" drawing of a plunging stock market, I read online about how Wall Street had its best week in four years.

I'm now hoping Sarnoff breaks out his accurate crystal ball and forecasts the following: The Yankees not winning the World Series; Hillary winning in 2008; me not winning my NCAA brackets pool; and an all-Rosie O'Donnell, all-the-time TV station.


Always Remember Robert

Dear Editor,

Another year has gone by for all of us, my dear family and friends and Rockaway residents.

Yes, it has been two years since we all lost Robert on that fateful day of April 1, 2005. I swear to you all when I got the call I thought it was an April Fool's joke of Robert's!! He had played some doozies in the past on all of us!! He was just that type of fun-loving guy. I don't have to tell you all that, you all knew him and loved him as we did, hence the tremendous show of love for him at his wake and funeral. I will never forget how you all came out for him that day, poured your hearts out for him, and cried rivers of tears with us for him. We still don't know how it happened, and this is what makes us die a little everyday, this not-knowing feeling, these questions we have.

There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of him, lately I have been hearing all these songs from the past that he loved, (his schoolmates and close friends would remember), "Everybody loves Kung-Fu Fighting," "Dust in the Wind," "Urgent," and of course, "Play that Funky Music!"

When Dad would leave us alone in the hardware store, Robert made helping out there so much fun! He would put the music on, hand me the feather duster and he would take the broom and do all these robotic moves while sweeping! He was hilarious! We would laugh so hard we never got anything done!

Yes, he was funny, as well as a trickster, but he had such a sweet, sensitive side as well. At that time, I would have preferred reading my favorite book instead of helping out at the hardware store, and Dad would reprimand me a lot for just standing around and doing nothing but daydreaming. I would of course do what females do, my eyes would well up with tears and I would stand in the same spot and silently cry and feel that I always get picked on! Robert would leave the store and go to the deli and come back with something chocolate or an Italian ice if the weather was nice. He always knew how to make things better. He knew everyone's soft spot. He had so many gifts from God, he really did. They must be having tons of fun in Heaven, since Robert's been there!!!

I know you all have stories and have had special moments or funny moments with Robert. Let us not forget them. Keep telling them; keep Robert's memory alive! Let us celebrate Robert's life and how lucky we are to have known this very special soul, even for the short time he was here with us on earth.

I know many of you still grieve for him, as do we. When you feel like crying, just think of his smile. And believe as I do that he is looking down at all of us from Heaven, and smiling at us. I believe that all of those who have shared good times with him and were good to him will have Robert as their guardian angel.

Thanks again to all of Robert's close friends (you know who you are!!) who have not forgotten Robert.

Thanks to all of Robert's customers who still talk about him and tell us that it has not been the same.

Thanks to all at the Wave who have always let us speak with our hearts and have always published our letters.


DOS Woes

Dear Editor,

This week the Sanitation Department has been unable to do their collection job on our block. We put out our trash and recycling on Friday morning as usual. Snow started to fall a few hours later and the collection trucks did not arrive. The snow stopped Friday night.

On Sunday, I called 311 so the Sanitation Department could get a picture of the areas that needed trash and recycling pickup. The 311 operator said she could not take a complaint because Sanitation had declared a snow emergency. On the next 3 days I continued to call 311. Each time they refused to take a complaint. They connected me to the Public Advocate. After being put on hold for 20 minutes, I hung up and called the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit. My name and phone number was recorded, but I have not received a return call.

On Tuesday, our regular trash pickup day, Sanitation picked up the trash that had been sitting there for 5 days. As I write on Wednesday evening. Our 21 bags of recycling are still sitting on the curb. Will they have to wait until the next recycling day on Friday?

I started out just trying to give Sanitation a picture of where there was need for pickup. I am now more disturbed that no city agency is keeping records on where service is needed. If Sanitation cannot deal with 1.5 inches of snow on Friday without canceling their collection schedule, maybe they need more Sanitation workers or overtime. If residents are told to call 311, the operator must be permitted to make a record of the complaint so that they can do better in the future. Both Sanitation and 311 failed this week.


Lew To The Rescue

Dear Editor,

I recently had an urgent electrical problem at my home which required immediate attention by Con Edison. My lights were dimming and my appliances were not running properly. After repeated calls to Con Ed with no results, I contacted Lew Simon to see if he could help.

Lew put me in contact with a real person (not an answering machine) at Con Edison and the problem was quickly resolved. Big shout out to Lew Simon. Thanks again.


Bulletproof Vests For APO's

Dear Editor,

On Sunday evening I reached out to Peter Vallone Jr. head of the Public Safety Committee of the City Council and left a message. He got back to me on Monday afternoon at a time we had scheduled. I requested that legislation be put in to protect auxiliary police officers with bulletproof vests, with funding coming from the city budget surplus. The reason I reached him immediately is Tuesday was the scheduled budget hearing on public safety funds.

Peter and I spoke at length and he made a commitment to support funding for the vests and would propose a $25,000 death benefit for any auxiliary police officer killed in the line of duty as well as allowing them to carry Mace on duty.

I thanked him on behalf of all New York City Auxiliary Police Officers. In the next week I will be contacting him to find out when a follow up hearing will be held so I can testify on these proposals. Peter Vallone Jr. is a chip off the old block like his father, former Speaker Peter Vallone.


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