Cheers for St. John’s

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Cheers for St. John’s

 Dear Editor:

My husband was a recent patient at St. John's Hospital in Far Rockaway, first in the ER and then as an admission for surgery and after-care. I want to express our thanks to Drs. Valentine and Michael Spatcher, among others, and to the excellent nurses both in the ER and on the eleventh floor for their combined care, contributing to his recovery.

Gerard Walsh, the CEO, should be made aware that procedurally, hospital staff are performing well above expectations.  I'm sure we are not alone in our gratitude to the staff of St. John's: Just wonderful!

 Maureen & Neil McNelis



It’s About All Of Us

Dear Editor:

On Sunday, June 25, Friends of Rockaway Beach, Belle Harbor and Neponsit Property Owners’ Associations, organized two demonstrations on Beach 87th and 140th Streets, respectively, the purpose of which was to bring attention to the fact that Rockaway Beach continues to experience severe erosion, especially where jetties are missing, and is still extremely vulnerable to future storms, requiring federal, state and city elected officials to LISTEN to their tax-paying constituents who reside in the Rockaways, most of whom feel their representatives have either chosen to ignore the issue until another disastrous storm occurs, or they just don’t realize the urgency to get the job done! 

Homeowners are frightened that the tens of thousands of dollars spent to rebuild their homes will soon be considered “wasted.”  The lack of effective resiliency measures is evident.  Elected officials had stated YEARS ago, right after the storm, something needs to be done if the peninsula is to be fully protected.  “Rock Jetties are needed!”  Where are they?  “Reinforced Dunes are a must!”  Where are they?  “Artificial reefs should be considered!”  Where are they?  “More sand?” Where is it? How much longer do we have to wait for adequate protection?

While I realize the demonstration was organized quickly, I am disappointed that some NYC Council Members on the Parks and Resiliency Committees, who were invited, were not in attendance.  Hopefully they realize how important this issue is, not only for residents, but to the millions of yearly visitors. 

I must take this opportunity to thank Kevin Forrestal, president of Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization of over 110 civic organizations, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for its members in Queens County, and for vowing to support the erection of effective measures designed to improve Rockaway Beach’s resiliency.

Finally, I pray that Mayor de Blasio, who has taken the new ferry to Rockaway and walked on our beautifully built boardwalk, realizes that the time is NOW for him to come to Rockaway a third time for the SOLE purpose of walking the beach with John Cori, Eddy Pastore, Amanda Agoglia and Hank Iori to see for himself the urgency for immediate implementation of effective resiliency measures.  Once he sees the shoreline, I am certain he will agree that all “left over” FEMA funds, given to NYC, be allocated strictly for Rockaway’s protection from future storms.  

 Barbara S. Larkin


Hit & Don’t Run

Dear Editor:

There was a Hit & Run on Saturday, June 24 during the early morning hours around 4 a.m. at 126-02 Newport Ave. The driver fled in a dark SUV before NYPD arrived at the scene. Any information should be reported to the 100th PCT.

John Kaleta


Dear Editor:

Early Saturday morning at about 4:00 AM a supposed black SUV jumped the curb at the northwest corner of Newport Ave and Beach 126th Street and plowed into the fence surrounding the front lawn of the property. The damage to the vinyl fence was substantial but the driver decided it was in his own irresponsible best interest to flee the scene, leaving the homeowner with the headache and financial burden of replacing the fence and a flagpole. Luckily the vehicle didn't hit the house. About three to four weeks prior to this incident, a car parked on the north side of Newport Ave and Beach 126th Street was struck by another vehicle late at night and again the irresponsible driver left the scene. The damage to the rear of the parked car was substantial, appearing to leave the vehicle a total loss, again leaving the owner with a financial burden and unable to use it. Of course there could be different reasons why these two incidents happened but if the drivers were alert and responsible, this wouldn't have occurred. I've lived on Newport Ave for many years and one thing I can say is that at times, late at night, some cars are ripping along the avenue at 50-60 miles an hour maybe even a little faster. If these drivers lose control the results could be catastrophic.

Tom Zuhlke


Desperate Times

Dear Editor:

It's Saturday, 2:17 pm. The car is showing it’s 83 degrees and I can see the sun is shining. I am on my way to my in-laws  to my niece’s high school graduation in a backyard in Bayshore, LI. Yay! We are on the Belt Parkway in dead stop traffic. Fortunately my wife is driving at the moment, so I get to drive home, no beer for me. I have two young children in the car fighting. I can't utter a word out loud, so you're it. You're all I have right now. I know you can feel my pain. Oh yeah, the dog just threw up, and now my son is gagging. Hope you are enjoying your Saturday. Please don't print this or I'm a dead man.

Not Larry Penner


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