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Heartsick Over Hospital Closing

By Gary Simeone

 

Port Washington resident Sarah Hogenauer is not happy about North Shore-LIJ’s decision to close the inpatient unit at Glen Cove Hospital. She said that the closing is a disservice to many people who are in need, including her husband, who is part of the Rehabilitation Unit.

 

“It is a shame to lose such a quality unit that means so much to so many people,” said Hogenauer. “They do a fabulous job here with their services and I think it is one of the best units in the area.”

 

Edie Russo, who works in telecommunications at the hospital, called the decision to close the unit “horrible” and said she worries not only about her job security but all of the people who are going to be affected by the closure.

 

“I know for a fact that the community is up in arms about this decision and we have doctors here at the hospital who are fighting to keep the unit open,” she said. “It would be such a shame for it to close.”

 

Linda McRae of Oceanside was at the hospital to visit her ailing mother. She said the staff at the inpatient unit is very warm and helpful and that she thinks it’s terrible that the unit is planning to close.

 

“This place has a great reputation and I would hate to see it go,” said McRae. “A similar situation is taking place at Long Beach Medical Center and I think it’s a shame what’s going on with our hospitals.”

 

Penny Davis, visiting Glen Cove from Queens, said she heard about the  closing through a friend.

 

“I know it has to do with money but they don’t realize that they are compromising the health of people who need the care,” she said. “These type of closings are happening all over the boroughs too and I think it is a crying shame.”


News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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