2008-08-22 / Letters

No Shame To Their Game

Dear Editor,

On Sunday morning, July 27, the hired pool staff dedicated to their duties went about their normal routine while being pounded by the tumultuous heavy rain downpour, lightning and crashing thunders.

At about 1 p.m. I began to worry about the dangers these teenagers were exposed to, the weather was getting progressively worse. Two terrace dividers have been ripped off my terrace due to bad weather. At 2 p.m. I became disgusted; as I watched the staff members huddle around in hoodies trying to stay warm. Apparently the small shed next to the pool was too cramped to accommodate them all. I waited hoping that at least one of the 15 pool committee members would have a heart and see the urgency to dismiss the staff immediately. Obviously secure and cozy in their apartments, these selfish, self serving members could not care less. At our March 6, 2008 pool committee meeting, Brian (pool contractor) stated that his staff is [made up of] teenagers, students hired for the summer. He asked what would be the protocol in relieving them of their duties on rainy days? Mary Ann Lane responded, "they have to stay," in the event someone wants to go to the pool. Jennifer Flowers chimed in "we party eight days a week;" Donna Long, "when we start drinking we don't feel the rain." They proved true and committed to their statements. At about 2:30 p.m. chunks of ice were falling on my terrace. Ticked off, I went to the pool and asked to staff members to leave, go home to their families. They stated that they could not leave because Mary Ann Lane, board member and pool committee member gave them strict orders that they cannot leave the pool in the event someone wants to use the pool. I asked the head staff member to get his boss on the phone immediately! His boss gave me the same response, adding his concern for his staff. I basically told him that I did not give a damn what Mary Ann Lane had to say, dismiss the staff immediately and tell these heartless, self absorbed, board and committee members that Hazel McLean says to send the youngsters home. Eventually about 3:20 p.m. the staff left.

A motion was made to close the pool for the year 2008 so that Dayton Beach Park #1 Corp. could get out of the red, from the $1.2 million (and rising) water bill that we owe to DEP. Mary Ann Lane hysterically threw a temper tantrum, banged on the table and gave a passionate plea for the pool to be open for "the children." On Sunday, August 9 there was a pool party, the DJ and some of the share holders were cussing using obscene language over the microphone. Jennifer Flowers who assumed that share holders were on their terraces to watch their drunk and disorderly conduct was yelling up to the share holders, "what the f*ck you looking at b*tch." I was wondering where the concern for "the children" was. As a matter of fact, she tried to get the youngster to chime in with her to no avail. The police department and security had been called to control the out of control children at the pool. Isn't it obvious whose examples the children are following! Infinity Learning Center was shut down because of the fear that children from the Hammel Houses would attend. Ironically, Hammel Houses has regular park parties and I have never heard obscene language being used. Dayton Beach Park #1 Corp. is going from bad to worst.

HAZEL McLEAN

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