Seaside Senior We Are Coming Home…
It's not a new center; it's the old place on [Beach] 90 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The landlord has made some repairs to the building. Nothing major; he tarred the seams on the roof, to stop the leaking. How long will it last, 4-6 months or so, maybe? He also, patched holes in the ceiling with new tiles and painted the kitchen. How did we come to this point in time to go back to the old center? A call to Ms. Lawrence from her boss in Catholic Charities (C.C.) said to get the word out to the seniors about a meeting with the Department for the Aging (D.F.T.A), C.C., elected officials, Councilmember Joseph Addabbo, Assembly Member Audrey Pheffer, also invited but unable to attend, Honorable Malcolm A. Smith State Senator, 14 District. Flyers were made and handed out, phone calls were made to all our seniors, saying to be at the meeting on Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church (Chapel Hall). The Department for the Aging was coming to address our concerns with our center. How come so fast? Well folks, your advisor board wrote every elected official, we sent e-mails, faxes, phone calls, got signed petitions sent to D.F.T.A., even our Borough President, Helen Marshall, even into the Far Rockaway area. Our seniors from 38 Street center helped out. Thank you Ms. Lola, Ms. Roundtree, and everybody, in eight weeks we did what would have taken eight months or more to do. "The pen is mightier then the sword."
The seniors came out strong for the meeting, the seniors came wanting answers. We had well over 100 or so seniors. It was a very lively meeting. Seniors wanted answers to many questions from D.F.T.A., C.C. and elected officials. The D.F.T.A will be watching the ongoing
work that still
needs to be done in the center. When will center open, soon, we need the exterminator, health department to give us a clean bill of health and a cleaning company to wipe every thing down. Then we will open the center. I want to give a special thank you and "well done" to a lady, Ms. L. Glassgow, who went right into the offices of elected [officials] and said what she was there for. Your chairman did the same thing in the area [where] we live, Rockaway/Seaside. This Thanksgiving, be thankful we have a center to come to. We hope the landlord does the other work needed in the center. We will be watching, Mr. G.